SPARTA, NJ – Sparta High School has recently employed a scanner system to track student attendance. In four areas of the building, the Attendance office, the Nurse’s office, Guidance office and the Media Center, students use their school identification card to swipe in and out. This keeps track of the students when they are not in the classroom.
Media Center specialist Angela Davis supports the initiative. “The students complained for the first couple of days but now it’s not an issue. It can get very busy here, especially at lunch time. Instead of them standing in line to sign in they just swipe and they are done. It also saves having stacks of paper with signatures that are often illegible.
“On our end there have not been any technical issues. The only problem is if a student has forgotten to bring their ID.”
It is streamlining the process of having students sign in when they are tardy. When they arrive in the Attendance office, they can swipe their card and a pass is automatically generated.
"We are planning on expanding the system," said principal Dr Daniel Johnson. "Currently, we have them in key areas within the school as a means to get used to them, see how we need to set them up and how to best utilize each. Eventually, we will have a scanner in every classroom. This will allow us to quickly take attendance, allow students to sign in and out of class for restrooms, appointments, etc. and allow us to track students in case of an emergency situation at the school. Additionally, we will begin to use them as a means to sign in to school events, such as dances, in lieu of tickets. We think that this will speed up entrance for our students at these events."