Preschoolers wear tracking devices

Preschoolers are wearing tracking devices at a center run by Contra Costa County near Oakland.

When at the school, students will wear a jersey that has a small radio frequency tag. The tag will send signals to sensors that help track children’s whereabouts, attendance and even whether they’ve eaten or not.

School officials say it will free up teachers and administrators who previously had to note on paper files when a child was absent or had eaten.

County officials claim the system, funded by a $50,000  federal grant, could pay for itself within a year.  If they’re spending $50,000 a year taking attendance, they must be paying staffers a lot of money.

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  1. Kids (preschool kids!) will take the jerseys off and lose them.
    Much better to implant the RFID tags under the skin.

  2. tim-10-ber says:

    Hmmm…I thought the adults were paid to watch and interact with the kids…what are people paying for — oh yeah…preschool equates to very expensive babysitting!

  3. My god, what did school personnel do in the age without computers and GPS? Oh yeah, their jobs.

  4. Richard Nieporent says:

    They are spending $50K for the system? I have a much cheaper solution. How about using those invisible fence devices. Every time a preschooler attempts to leave the premises he/she will get an electric shock. That will quickly teach him/her not to wander away.

  5. Richard Nieporent:
    You can save even more money by not telling them where the invisible fence is or marking its location in any way. They’ll figure it out the very first day!

  6. Even better… how about the school staff monitor the preschoolers and discipline the ones that break the rules…

  7. Deirdre Mundy says:

    Why am I not surprised that this is a GOVERNMENT RUN operation? Of course, any PRIVATE preschool that couldn’t tell if the kids were there and if they’d been fed without rfid tags would be shut down…..

  8. And if it’s really kidnapping prevention (as one news story sold it), wouldn’t someone smart enough to kidnap a kid be smart enough to take the jersey off them?

    I suppose the next step is “microchipping” kids, like they do with dogs and cats.

    If I were a parent in this district? I’d probably ALREADY be homeschooling…