Ferris Bueller GPS: Anaheim Tracks Down Kids Who Cut Class
Anaheim Union High School District is the first in California to test GPS technology as part of a "six-week pilot program" aimed to cut down on the frequency of cutting class, reports the OC Register. Last week, 7th and 8th graders with four or more unexcused school absences were assigned to carry a handheld GPS device. Every morning, an automated phone call reminds student testers not to be late for school and then five times throughout the day, the kids are required to enter in a code that tracks their location.
An adult coach is assigned to each student and will call at minimum three times a week to check in. Notes the OC Register, "Students and their parents volunteer for the monitoring as a way to avoid continuation school or prosecution with a potential stay in juvenile hall."