Poll: Palm Scanning in Schools?
Tell us: Do you agree with the decision to suspend the program?
A new technology that uses a child’s handprint to obtain their school lunch account has come under fire, and now, the superintendent has suspended the program and halted the installation of the technology, according to the Carroll County Times.
Earlier this fall, the Baltimore Sun reported that some parents felt this system, one of the first of its kind to be used in a Maryland school district as of October, was a violation of privacy.
School officials have previously said the technology is only used to access a student’s school cafeteria account – and for no other purpose.
The program was piloted because it was thought students would spend less time in line waiting and would have more time to eat lunch, according to the Carroll County school district.
Earlier this week, Carroll County Commissioner President Doug Howard asked that the Board of Education review its policy on the palm scanning, calling for parental consent before children use the technology.
That would afford “the best security for our children’s safety and security today and in the future," he said in a release.
Tell us in comments or in our poll: Should palm scan machines be used in Carroll County schools, or completely eliminated?