With a simple scan of the palm Muscogee County high school students will now be able to pay for lunch.
A high-tech machine is being introduced to high schools this year. It uses near-infrared technology that will take a photograph of a child's vein pattern just below the skin. The image is recorded and digitized and link it to a child's meal account. It takes about four seconds to complete.
School Nutrition Director Marian Bone said, "It's a quick and easy way to help expedite the time spent in the lunch line to purchase meals and helps to ensure accurate, efficient identification of students, funds and reports. In the past, if a child did not have their student ID, the cashier would have to search for the student's name and account number, which could take up to a minute or longer."
Participation is voluntary and parents may opt out by notifying the school in writing. Kids who do not use the palm scan must bring a student ID to the cafeteria to purchase meals.
This year the district is also implementing an online meal payment system. Parents will be able to put money in their child's lunch account by visiting www.SchoolPaymentSolutions.com. Parents must enroll their child by using the child's personal ID number, which can be obtained from the child's school.
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