ScholarChips come to Princeton
Written by Thomas Hayworth | Editor-in-Chief
In the 2013-2014 school year, Princeton High School and Princeton Community Middle School will be introducing a new, multi-featured student identification system. The schools will be issuing ScholarChip student ID cards to all students.
These ID cards will be visibly worn on a lanyard at all times by all students. The lanyards and cards will be color-coded by grade level, with seniors wearing red; juniors, grey; sophomores, black; and freshmen, white.
Students will use their “smartcards” to check out materials from the school media centers and to purchase their lunches from the cafeterias.
The primary aim of introducing the new system is to increase building security. Starting this year, middle schoolers in the new building will sign in to school every morning using their smartcards. While this will not be the procedure this year at the high school, it will be once the move is made to the new school. However, for this year, high schoolers will use their smartcards to sign in to school when they arrive tardy.
The card system will also be used for visitor management at both schools, with visitors being issued temporary cards for the duration of their visit.
Security monitors will have android tablets that they can use to scan the smartcards, which will identify the student and also display the student’s class schedule. The card system uses NFC technology, which allows close range communication between devices.
“I believe it’s a level of security that we’ve never had before in terms of monitoring who is in and out of our building at any given moment,” said Mr. Castator, the current principal of operations.
Princeton City Schools will be the first school district in Ohio to make use of ScholarChip’s technologies. The upfront cost for the purchase of the materials was $20,000, and came out of the technology budget for the new school building. All materials used at the school this year will be moved over to the new building when the high school changes buildings.