Class attendance system tracks student movement

By SAM BENGERsamb@gladstoneobserver.com.au

IT MAY sound like something out of science fiction, but Too- looa State High School (TSHS) has introduced a Class Atten- dance System to track the where- abouts of students at the school.

Principal Roger Atkins said the system would be used for stu- dents doing apprenticeships, traineeships, TAFE and univer-sity courses and other external programs, and would also cut down truancy.

"The old idea that a school day goes from 9am until 3pm is gone, as there are a diversity of places where students can be at any one time, so instead of having a pa- per-trail of their whereabouts, this system cuts down the time our administration staff take in checking students in and out of school,'' Mr Atkins said.

The Class Attendance System (CAS), designed and developed in New South Wales, has only just been released in Queens- land, and managing director Alan Farrington said Toolooa was only the fourth high school in Queensland to implement the new technology.

He said the CAS worked when a student swiped their identifica-tion card, bringing up a photo of themselves and a list of reasons why they were late for school.

The student then selects whichever reason they think is appropriate, and the system prints two receipts ? one for the student's teacher, and another for the student to take home to their parents. "This system is unique in that it has a large photo verification, and has built-in security measures so, for example, students can't send themselves home sick,'' Mr Farrington said.

He said if a card was lost or stolen, the system could be entered manually and would stop another student using a different card. Mr Farrington said the device was not only useful for administration staff, teachers and par-ents, but the students themselves liked the new technology.



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