By Cassidy Graham
Marketing and Public Relations editor
Shuffle Shuffle. Squeak Squeak. Beep Beep.
Beep Beep. Wait.
Where is that noise coming from? What is making that sound?
As seniors with late arrival traipse through doors on the first day of school, they ask themselves these same questions.
While in past years, students with late arrival would sign a sheet, stating the time they entered and exited the building, administration has now come up with a new system, one which involves technology.
On the wall across from the attendance office now hang two kiosks, one specifically for late arrival, and one for early release. On the wall outside of the attendance office also hangs a Check In/ Tardy Kiosk.
As students come and go, they must enter their seven digit code in order to check them in and out properly.
Students can also use their Skyward account on their phone to check in and out on the kiosks.
To do this, students first have to log into their Skyward account on a mobile device. Once they are logged in, if they scroll down to the bottom of the screen, they will find a “view ID” box. After clicking on this, they will see their school picture and a barcode.
Once the phone is turned horizontally, it is easy to hold it under the kiosk, and check in and out quickly.
Senior Caroline Frey has early release and late arrival privileges this year. “I like them, but if you get there late(ish), you have to wait in a huge line,” Frey said. “I do like the option of using your Skyward instead of the pin, though, and I think that speeds up the process.”
“Our goal is to record student attendance accurately when they are coming and going.” Attendance assistant Mrs. Amy Kriner said.
School officials started this system, with the intentions of keeping a closer eye on which students are in the building, and those who have left. This is especially useful during fire drills and other emergencies.
“Now that we have the kinks worked out, it seems to be working well.” Mrs. Kriner said. “We just need the students to know about the barcode scanner, and I think it will move more quickly.”
As students continue to complain about the lines and the waiting that comes along with these kiosks, the question persists.
“We just switched from the books to the kiosks.” says Mr. Rickard, assistant principal at Red Lion High School, “The books slowed the process down.”
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