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We operate a biometric cashless system in school that avoids the need for students to pay cash for their meals. The system uses the latest biometric technology that is able to recognise the thumb or finger of the student at the revaluation pay points and at the tills.
The cashless solution does not store finger prints. When a finger is originally scanned the system creates a unique algorithm from the scanned points. This data is then immediately encrypted and as such serves no purpose other than unique identification within the school.
The encrypted data cannot be accessed by any person within the school or by any outside third party. When a student leaves the school ALL associated personal and biometric data is automatically removed and deleted.
This system provides the school with details of meal trends and allows parents to request a report to see what their son or daughter has bought. It also means there are no mislaid or broken meal cards and students do not need to carry cash as parents can pay by cheque if they wish (although there are revaluation machines which take cash if students choose to top up their accounts themselves).
For students on free school meals, the value of the hot meal with pudding is automatically added to their account every day.
We do need parental permission for this, so parents, please ensure you complete your data sheet and either give permission or request an alternative method of payment.
We also have ParentPay so that dinner payments may be made online - further information can be found here http://www.harrogatehighschool.co.uk/parents--carers/parent-pay/