Here is a copy of Mr Richardson’s letter to all parents and carers on Friday 16th March 2012. Please scroll down for a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) on Biometrics and how the information is used.
Heworth Grange School is introducing a cashless catering system to coincide with the opening of the brand new dining facilities. The benefits of such a system are many and include the following:[divider_padding]
* Convenient way of paying for school meals. No more looking for change every morning.
* Discourages the misuse of school dinner money through spending in shops outside of the school grounds.
* Alleviates many of the associated problems with the use of cash in schools. i.e.: Loss, theft and bullying.
* Specific food allergy ingredients can be barred automatically.
* Healthy eating is encouraged.
* Queuing times are reduced through increased speed of service.
* Automatic free meal allocation with the pupil remaining anonymous.
* Detailed reports to analyse all aspects of the use of the system.
* Having control of pupil accounts by pupils using the I.M.P.A.C.T. System teaches important life skills.
* A more efficient delivery of service helps the caterer to provide wholesome, healthy and enjoyable school meals at a low cost.[divider_padding] At the heart of the cashless system there is a computer controlled by I.M.P.A.C.T. – Software. This allows the system to recognise each individual pupil, hold individual cash balances, record cash spent and cash received record where money is spent, on what food, on any specific date and time of day.
Each pupil will have their fingerprint registered which will then be translated to an Alpha Numeric number, the image is then discarded, when used this will then enter them into the system program and identify them by a number.
The Pupil simply places their finger on a scanner at the point of sale; a display will show the server the pupil’s name, class and current cash balance held within the system. The selected food items will be entered into the system from an itemised keyboard while the amount spent and the new cash balance will show on the display.
We intend for the system to go live on Wednesday 18 April 2012. To facilitate this the company introducing the system on our behalf, Impact Cashless Catering Systems, will be in school on 22, 23 and 29 March 2012 to take samples of the students’ fingerprints.
We need your consent to do this and would therefore ask you to read the enclosed leaflet and return the permission slip at the bottom to your child’s form tutor by Wednesday 21 March 2012.
For students whose parents do not wish to grant such permission a four digit code will be issued which the student will enter at the till point. A mixed system of this kind however will inevitably be slower and less easy to manage and therefore I would urge you to consider the benefits as described and allow your child the engage with this safe new technology.
Regardless of your child’s current lunch time arrangements, it is important that ALL students register because it is our intention that all students will remain on site for lunch from June 2012.
Further information is available on the school website at www.heworthgrange.org.uk