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Monongalia County Schools To Use Biometric Finger Scanning at Elementary Schools

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A biometric finger scan system used in Monongalia County middle and high schools in coming to the elementary schools too.

The scans are used in the schools libraries, to purchase lunch, and at after school activities and sporting events.

Superintendent Dr. Frank Devono said the scans do not record the fingerprint itself, but rather several points of the print are used to identify each student.

"It's really to protect confidentiality of the student, it's not really being able to identify information, it's all sealed information, and parents can opt-out of doing this. If they choose not to get their finger scan done, they don't have to, they just need to continue the tradition method of going through the line and giving their number," said Dr. Devono.

The system replaces students needing to give their school ID number when purchasing meals.

Devono said the system has more potential, and could be used as a security measure in the future.

The systems are used in other counties.

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