Students will be able to use their fingerprint to pay for lunch in St. Francis
ST. FRANCIS, Wis. (CBS 58) -- When students in St. Francis return to class this year, they'll have a new way to get through the lunch line.
The district is now using a technology that uses a student's fingerprint to pay for their lunch.
The superintendent believes the technology will speed up the lunch line process, giving kids more time to eat their lunch.
The devices will be placed at a cash register. A student will then place their finger on the device, and if it's approved, there will be a green light. If it doesn't go through and they need to try again, a red light will flash.
Previously, the district used a code system for students to pay for lunch. The superintendent says the fingerprint ID system will be more efficient and will help with security. Students won't be able to use another student's code to buy their lunch.
The devices were $1,100 apiece and there will be four of them throughout the district.
"We know that having time to sit down and not only eat their food, but have an opportunity to converse and use that downtime between a rigorous set of courses or just what happens during the day is really important," said St. Francis School District Superintendent Blake Peuse.
The system does not store the student's fingerprint, but parents with security concerns can opt-out of the fingerprint system and continue to use the code system.
So far, the superintendent says they've received positive feedback from parents.