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School introduces tracking system for students who skip class

by Kelly MacNeil on February 22, 2011

The Anaheim Union School District is trying an experiment that many teachers may have longed to do for years – attaching tracking systems to students who frequently cut class, according The Orange County Register.

A six-week pilot program has been launched that uses GPS technology to keep track of 7th and 8th grade students who have missed four or more days of school due to an unexcused absence.

Each one of these youngsters is given a device that is about the size of a cellphone and told to carry it with them at all times. Every weekday morning, they also receive an automated phone call that tells them it's time for school. Five times each day, each student also has to input a code that will allow the GPS to track their location – as they leave their homes, arrive and leave the school, during lunch and at 8pm.

"The idea is for this not to feel like a punishment, but an intervention to help them develop better habits and get to school," Miller Sylvan, regional director for AIM Truancy Solutions, told the news provider.

The program is aimed at reducing gang involvement among children, because those who skip school are more likely to get involved with criminal activities. It has already been successful in San Antonio and Baltimore, where attendance rates have risen from 77 percent to 95 percent during the trial period.

The Orange County Register conducted an interview with Miller Sylvan about the actual process of installing the GPS and the specifics of its implementation. He explained that it is also being considered in San Diego and Los Angeles districts.

Most importantly, he stressed the fact that the students interact with the GPS by inputting the code that allows them to be tracked, because that enforces a disciplined schedule.

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