Finger scanning will expand in Pennsylvania district

Program was halted after parents voiced concerns.

June 13—The York City (Pa.) School District has registered children at three schools for a new cafeteria payment system that scans students' fingers to access their accounts, and the district will roll out the system in other schools next year.

In May, Jackson Elementary School parent Tyease Turner raised concerns about students' finger images being registered without parental consent, after her daughter texted her that morning, saying registration was to occur there.

At the time, the district said the issue was a matter of lack of information, and they would communicate with parents again.
Tamara Willis, assistant superintendent for K-8 education, said Tuesday that after the parental concerns expressed at Jackson, registration for the system was halted for the year. The district will roll out registration at Jackson and the other schools next year.

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