As of Febuary 2013 all schools now require parental consent for use of pupils bio-metric data.
As of September 2013 all schools were required to obtain written parental consent for pupils who currently use bio-metric data as an automated recognition system. Your child has been part of the bio-metric recognition system since they entered school, and if you are in agreement to continue with this arrangement there will be no requirement to re-new data and your child will continue to use our cashless catering and printing solution in school as normal. If you do not agree then a card method will be used and you must contact school.
Some information about bio-metrics:
Bio-metrics authentication is the automatic recognition of a persons characteristics i.e. fingerprint. There are many different bio-metric features that can be used for authentication purposes; at St Damian’s we use fingerprint recognition. Oursystem uses an image of the fingerprint to create a mathematical algorithm and then discards the fingerprint; only the numbers remain and these cannot be re-interpreted back into a fingerprint image.
Why do you need to take my childs fingerprint?
By taking an image of your childs fingerprint we can turn this information into a digital signature which will give them automatic access to printers and the catering service.
Will fingerprints be used by any other agency?
No, the software we use turns your childs fingerprint in to a mathematical algorithm. The image of the finger print is then discarded. The information that is stored cannot be used to recreate an image of the childs fingerprint.
As a caring Catholic community, the support of each individual is our highest priority. St Damian’s RC Science College aims to create and maintain a safe learning environment where all children feel safe, secure and valued and know they will be listened to and taken seriously. Our school is committed to the principles of the Every Child Matters Agenda and implements policies, practices and procedures which promote safeguarding and well-being we strive to ensure that all pupils are supported, feel valued, are happy and achieve their potential as individuals. Therefore you can be reassured that all data is kept confidential and safe. Please see the Privacy Notice at the back of this letter.
I would like to thank you as parents for entrusting your child’s future to us at St Damian’s. It is a great privilege to be Headteacher and serve the Community of St Damian’s and to lead such excellent staff. My staff and I are absolutely committed to ensuring that your child has the best education and to equip them with the values, skills and attitudes they need to make a positive contribution to society.
As of September 2013 all parents and carers will be asked for their agreement for this method of recognition. Should you have any queries or require further clarification with any of the above, please contact Mrs A Ogden, Business Manager.