“Intelligent Uniforms” Help Prevent School Truancy

Sao Paolo, Brazil appears to be ahead of the rest of the world when it comes to preventing repeated school truancy by its students. The school systems placed radio frequency chips in the mandated uniforms right below the coat of arms. After the child enters school, the chips sends a message to their parent’s cell phones notifying them. If the child does not arrive to school within 20 minutes of the school day beginning, parents receive a text message stating “Your child has still not arrived at school.”

This was the resolution put into place after the schools began noticing that many children would skip school, and upon the parents being questioned about it, they often had no idea and would be surprised at the amount of times their children were reported absent. With the new chips in place, which cost about $670,000 to test and manufacture, the parents will be notified each time a child is absent. If a child is absent more than 3 times, the parents will be asked to explain the absences, and if they cannot the school may notify the authorities to further evaluate the situation.

The uniforms can be washed and ironed without causing any harm, and are similar in design to those that have gained popularity over the years as pet-tracking devices.