RICHMOND, Calif. — The Contra Costa County School District began introducing a new high tech tracking system for preschool students Tuesday that alert teachers when their students leave campus.
Embedded in what looks like a tiny basketball jersey that each student will wear when at school is a radio frequency tag that also uses Wi-Fi. The tag provides a signal to sensors planted throughout the school.
The information from those sensors is displayed in a map of the school, thereby allowing teachers and administrators to know exactly
Parents will digitally sign in and sign out a child, saving teachers from hand filing attendance records required by the state.
â€œNow, when we feed the children lunch we just have to push a button and itâ€™s done,â€ said teacher Simone Beauford. â€œWe don’t have to check the papers, check the papers, check the papersâ€¦â€
Sung Kim of the county’s employment and human services department said 3,000 man hours could eventually be saved with this $50,000 system, which was paid for by a federal grant.
â€œWithin a year we could completely pay off this system from the savings we have with the staffing,â€ said Kim. â€œWe are the first child care center that is implementing with this technology, but it is already proven technology.â€