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Track a Vike at Paly

Original post made by Paly Parent, Palo Alto High School, on Nov 1, 2011

Just got an email from school with the following message

...teacher can scan you in using the track-a-vike system.

Did I miss the memo, but do we have an electronic attendance system now? For some reason, this name sounds a lot more sinister than electronic attendance.

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Posted by Mom
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Nov 1, 2011 at 11:46 pm

For at least 2 years now, they have used computers for attendance tracking. If you go to Infinite Campus, you can find all your student's grades and attendance records.

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Posted by Paly Community Member
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Aug 20, 2015 at 6:50 am

I had no idea this was going on until I received the email from PAUSD. This system inherently sends a message to our children that we don't trust them - good, bad or indifferent. High school students are on the doorstep of adulthood...and we still don't trust them? Soon they'll be voting and making serious decisions that will affect their lives and most likely those of others - and we're teaching them that they're not to be trusted?

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Posted by Paly Parent
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Aug 20, 2015 at 8:11 am

I actually see this differently.

We are now a huge high school. We have an open campus. We also live in earthquake country and in an age where campus security for our students is something we should be concerned about.

If there is some emergency, the administration should know and be able to locate every student's whereabouts. We have fire drills, we have earthquake drills, we have code red drills, all for safety reasons. In an emergency if a student appears to be missing, isn't it good that the school has some idea where to locate them?

I think it is good that my student can be located when necessary. I don't see this as a lack of trust. I see this as a safety tool.

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Posted by Mom
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Aug 20, 2015 at 9:04 am

This is nothing to be upset about and it's not sending any negative message to our children about trust - I really doubt Track-A-Vike will ruin any student's confidence.

Tutorial is a dedicated time each week after classes for students to be able to obtain help from teachers so they don't have to go at brunch, lunch, after school - times when teachers may not be in the classroom. The teachers are supposed to be in their classrooms during Tutorial, yet some are not, so I'm assuming it tracks them too. Students have the choice to attend Tutorial or go home. The tracking system obtains data for the school to validate Tutorial's existence.

"We use a scanner system at Paly called Track-A-Vike to monitor where students go. They use their ID card or student number as they go from room to room."

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