1984: California School District Will Force Kids To Download App, Track Them


The Los Angeles Unified School District has officially launched Daily Pass, an app designed to coordinate health checks, COVID tests and vaccinations for a safe reopening of schools.

“Sort of like the golden ticket in ‘Willy Wonka,’ everyone with this pass can easily get into a school building,” LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner said during his weekly update on Feb. 22.

Daily Pass, developed with support from Microsoft, generates a unique QR code for each student and staff member that authorizes entry to a specific Los Angeles Unified location for that day only, as long as the individual receives a negative test result for COVID, shows no symptoms and has a temperature under 100 degrees. Upon an individual’s arrival to a campus, their QR code is scanned by a Los Angeles Unified school site leader who takes the individual’s temperature.

The Daily Pass will also be used by Los Angeles Unified’s school-based vaccination program to register and schedule appointments, track vaccines in stock, perform check-in and data capture at time of appointment, sort high-risk individuals, offer waitlists to low-risk individuals and dashboards to view data, among other features. All of this information is shared with the appropriate authorities.

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