On a search for solutions, Salazar came across Plasco ID, a Miami-based leader in plastic card personalization and integration of digital photo identification solutions. In particular, he was intrigued by the PlascoTrac student tracking solution, which includes software and barcode scanners, as well as high-speed thermal printers from Zebra Technologies.
Dundee-Crown participated in a 30-day trial of the system, and quickly realized the power of moving from a handwritten to electronic approach. From there, the school fully implemented the software, scanners and Zebra printers.
Staff use the Zebra LP 2844™, a direct thermal barcode label printer, to generate tardy passes in the attendance office. In two other high-traffic areas of the school, staff issue smaller passes with pocket-size, lightweight Zebra MZ 220™ mobile printers.
Printing Passes in 2-3 Seconds
When tardy students arrive, they proceed to the attendance office or one of the mobile stations. A staff member scans their student ID cards and the system prints out a tardy pass in two to three seconds.
Based on the student's previous number of tardies, the system automatically issues a consequence based on business rules set up by the school. From there, they proceed to class, where teachers only allow them to enter late if they present a pass. From one student to the next, the solution enforces the school's policies consistently.
"What I like is that every student is held to the same standard. Whether they are an F or A student, they are given an immediate consequence," Salazar said.
Dundee-Crown then uses the passes or student IDs to check students in for detentions. A staff member either scans the barcode on the pass or the student's ID card, which notes in the computer that the student has served the detention.
At school dances and other events, Dundee-Crown staff uses the mobile scanner and printer in the same way. If they need to issue a consequence for a disciplinary issue, they can do so right there and give the student a slip with that information.
Back in the office, they download history off the mobile device into the computer, giving them a complete record of student tardies for reporting or sharing with parents.