Our district is implementing a biometric finger scanning identification system in an effort to provide accurate student identification as we as security for our student accounts. We are using this new identification system produced by Indentimetrics because we are held accountable for our records through audits. We want to eliminate clerical errors and provide an easy and accurate way to identify students and be sure no one else can charge items to their accounts.
What is Biometric Scanning?
Biometric Identification is an automated method of identifying a person based upon physical or behavioral characteristics. Our district has selected the identiMetrics Biometric Scanning Identification System because it is secure, accurate, cost-effective, and non-intrusive.
How Does it Work?
Using a scanner, the software scans certain unique points on the finger to create and store individual templates in the form of a number that identify each student. When the student returns, the software again scans the finger and looks for a match in the database. When a match is found, the student is identified.
What About Privacy?
We are not fingerprinting students. The software scans the finger for identification. It does not store a copy of the fingerprint. Instead, the software creates a template of the unique points on the finger. The template is converted to a unique number and is stored in the district's database with the same high level of security of all our records. The templates are also protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). FERPA is the same federal law that protects all student records. When your child graduates or is no longer enrolled in the school system, the templates are deleted. At no time is a fingerprint image stored. No fingerprints can be recreated or delivered to any agency - government or otherwise.
A Few Final Words
It is important to us that your child's experiences in school are educational and rewarding. This new way of identifying our students is safe, easy, accurate, efficient, and secure. If you have any questions or do not want your child to participate, please do not hesitate to contact Tara Johnson, our Child Nutrition Supervisor, at 208-240-6887.