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    Palm scanning causing concern among Moss Bluff Elementary pare - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

    Would you want your child's hand scanned to make it easier for billing purposes in the cafeteria?
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    Haha, when I read the title I was thinking of a Gypsy sitting in front of a glass ball getting reading to tell all the students their future.


    As for the article, I did not see what they are actually scanning? A braclet? An implant? A braclet with an id code I would be ok with as long as it was removeable. A surgically implanted ID chip, I would not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    Haha, when I read the title I was thinking of a Gypsy sitting in front of a glass ball getting reading to tell all the students their future.


    As for the article, I did not see what they are actually scanning? A braclet? An implant? A braclet with an id code I would be ok with as long as it was removeable. A surgically implanted ID chip, I would not.
    I am guessing they are using a palm print. Kind of like the finger scanners they have at Disney World now.
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    I'm not really sure how I feel about this. It seems innocent enough but then there is the whole big brother thing what if someone steals something from the principals office and leaves a palm print can they check the records to see who it is? There is always a question of who has access to the information.
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    I don't like that at all. I share Gloria's concern about who has access to the information & what they could do with it. Our school has the kids' photos on the cafeteria's computer screen; the teacher or some other adult opens the folder for the classroom, and it shows all the kids. The kids punch their own photo, and then the cafeteria lady confirms it's the right child, and their account is billed for their lunch. This system might not work in a school where the kids didn't go through the cafeteria line in classroom groups, although it could probably be set up easily by last name instead. At the beginning of the year, all the photos are from last spring; any new kids get their picture taken by the principal & are added the first week. After fall photos are taken, those photos are uploaded so they're more current with what the kids look like right now.

    ETA: that was one of the most poorly-written news articles I've seen in a long time. I couldn't figure out who was saying what, the principal or the parent.
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    Whatever happened to just bringing lunch money to school when you wanted to buy??

    I'm so out of touch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessica80 View Post
    Whatever happened to just bringing lunch money to school when you wanted to buy??

    I'm so out of touch.
    1. Kids can lose their money
    2. Bullies steal money & then their victims can't eat
    3. Kids who qualify for free lunch can be identified because they don't have money
    4. It takes too long to count & sort & make change while trying to feed hundreds of kids in half an hour
    5. What happens if you've given out all your $1 bills and another kid shows up with a $20?
    6. Security risk of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of dollars in meal charges and the necessary extra to make change lying around the school.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacers View Post

    ETA: that was one of the most poorly-written news articles I've seen in a long time. I couldn't figure out who was saying what, the principal or the parent.
    Louisiana public schools. This is my hometown (Moss Bluff) and the reporter graduated from the "richest" school in the parish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacers View Post
    1. Kids can lose their money
    2. Bullies steal money & then their victims can't eat
    3. Kids who qualify for free lunch can be identified because they don't have money
    4. It takes too long to count & sort & make change while trying to feed hundreds of kids in half an hour
    5. What happens if you've given out all your $1 bills and another kid shows up with a $20?
    6. Security risk of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of dollars in meal charges and the necessary extra to make change lying around the school.
    In my town this is what happens
    You don't have the money you get an IOU. Get so many IOU's can't get lunch anymore.
    Don't see this stopping bullying
    Most kids bring closest amount for lunch they need. What kind of parent sends their kid with a 20.00??? Are they insane? If my parents sent me with a 20 I would have bought lunch for 10 friends lol.
    Schools can keep money without being a security risk. I've never heard of a school having a security issue due to change for lunches.
    As for the kids who get free lunches, we had kids in our school who had them and I legitimately could not tell you either now nor then who they were. I only know of 1 because she has told me as an adult she got free lunches.

    I'm sorry I think we are enabling parents, children etc to not have accountability for their lunch money.

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    I was thinking the same thing. DH works in a public school. I know they use real money.

    In college we had an ID card that was used for everything. Scanning into classes and chapel. It was used at the cafeteria as well. You paid for your meal plan at the beginning of the school year. You just swiped your card as you went through the line. There was a greeter type person who could check your ID if you did not look familar. It worked. If you lost your card you could buy a replacement for a small fee.

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