Texas Schools Require Students to Wear RFID ID Cards

Texas-school-track-student-ID-card-RFID-blogA school district in Texas has announced that it would require students to wear RFID-enabled ID cards at all times, so that their movement can be tracked while at school.

Some students are refusing to be monitored, claiming their right to privacy is being violated. As a result, they may not be able to participate in school activities.

Since Oct. 1st, students at John Jay High School and Anson Jones Middle School in San Antonio, Texas, have been asked to attend class with photo ID cards equipped with RFID chips.

Educators insist that the system is being used to reduce the rampant truancy that can have an economic impact on dollars the schools receive from the state.

Students who refuse to walk the school halls with the card in their pocket or around their neck claim they are barred from participating in certain school functions. Some also said they were turned away from common areas like cafeterias and libraries.

One student said educators have ignored her pleas to respect her privacy and told her she cannot participate in school elections if she refuses to wear the card.

If the program is judged successful, the RFID chips could soon come to 112 schools in all and affect nearly 100,000 students.