Attempting to keep students both safer and in school, the Brazilian city of Victoria da Conquista has required students to wear new uniforms equipped with tracking devices.
At a cost of about $670,000, city officials have designed, tested, and manufactured school uniforms with radio frequency sensors embedded in them. The uniforms are a result of students in the 20,000 grade and middle schools throughout the city repeatedly skipping school.
With the new uniforms, each child is “checked in” as he or she enters the school. Parents are informed of their arrival with a text message. Should they fail to arrive within 20 minutes of the start of class parents are sent a message from a central computer stating, “Your child still have not arrived.”
According to school rules, three absences require a call to parents for an explanation and additional absences could result in authorities being called.
The city’s education secretary Coriolano Moraes said he estimates that the tracking shirts will be worn by all of the city’s 43,000 public elementary and middle school students with in the next few years.
The shirts with the devices are said to be washable and are even okay to iron.