SAN ANTONIO - The battle over those high tech school ID badges is going to court.
The family of a John Jay Science and Engineering Magnet School student tells us they will file an injunction Wednesday to keep their daughter from getting kicked out of school. She's being expelled because she has refused to wear an RFID (or Radio Frequency ID) badge which takes automatic attendance.
The school sent a letter to the family telling them their daughter will be withdrawn because she's not abiding by the school's policy that all students wear a badge with the RFID chip.
The school badge lists the student's name, photo, ID number and a barcode tied to the student’s social security number. The badge is used to track the location of each student during school hours, including after-school activities and off-campus lunch.
We've reached out to the district for more information, but they haven't returned our calls. The district’s website says they will spend approximately $261,000 on this pilot and expects to realize $2 million in additional revenues through higher attendance. The site also states that the ID card does not work outside of the school.
The family says they don't want their daughter wearing the badge for religious reasons.
Website: Northside ISD “Smart” Student ID Cards