SAN ANTONIO -- A judge has ruled in favor of the Northside Independent School District in a lawsuit filed over student smart badges.
Andrea Hernandez's parents filed a lawsuit against the district claiming a requirement that she wear a radio frequency ID badge violates her religious freedom. Northside ISD allowed Hernandez to return to school Monday without the RFID-equipped badge while waiting for the court's decision.
A Northside ISD spokesperson said Judge Orlando Garcia affirmed the district's position that it made "reasonable accommodation to the student by offering to remove the RFID chip from the student's smart ID badge." Northside ISD said Hernandez's family now has the choice to "accept the accommodation and stay at the magnet program or return to her home campus at the start of the second semester, Jan 22, 2013."