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State College High School Students to Swipe ID's for Attendance

by on March 15, 2014 9:45 AM

Students at State College Area High School will have to prove their attendance by scanning their student identification card when they arrive to school starting this spring.

Curtis Johnson, associate principal at State High School North, says the new system will improve the accuracy of attendance records.

"It will improve academic performance of our students because they're in class," Johnson says. "We know the safest place for a student to be is in the school – so we would like to maintain it for all of our students."

There will be two card stations at each high school building. Students will swipe their existing student identification card to mark them present for attendance. The system will automatically send attendance records to teachers, Johnson says.

If a student swiped their ID at the start of the school day, but then does not show up for a class, a teacher will document it and the student will face consequences for missing class. When the student scans their card the following day, the station will print out a ticket alerting the student to the unexcused absence.

The student will then have 24 hours to rectify the matter with the teacher. If the absence is unexcused, the student faces detention.

The system is also able to notify students about appointments with teachers, counselors, or school nurse.

The changeover to the new system is set for April 7.

"The goal is to just have more accurate attendance of students and to be able to communicate more effectively about appointments and those sorts of things," Johnson says.

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