GPS Tracking for Special Needs Students

Challenges

  • Schools cannot afford enough adults and teachers to watch special needs students at all times.
  • These students have a propensity to wander and can quickly and easily wander away from their
    classroom or even their school building.
  • Once lost, they can become frightened and very wary. They may not respond to anyone
    including known adults. And they become susceptible to being preyed upon by others who may
    have malicious intent.

Solutions

  • A GPS “watch” locator bracelet is attached to the students arm by their parents before leaving
    for school.
  • The device cannot be removed by the person wearing it as it takes two hands to remove it.
  • The locator bracelet monitors their location at all times.
  • The locator bracelet is not obvious and can be difficult for other children to remove
  • Their location will be available via a mobile device carried by the responsible party.
  • The GPS device can be programmed with a “geo-fence” that will automatically send an alert if
    the child ventures beyond a designated point or area (say, their classroom).

Benefits

  • Special needs students can be tracked at all times and easily found if they wander.
  • Fewer adults are required to monitor the same number of children.
  • Parents have greater confidence that their children will be safe.
  • The special needs student wearing a GPS bracelet is actually safer as he or she is less likely to
    wander to a different part of the school (including rest rooms) or outside without being noticed
    and redirected.
  • Schools can avoid the embarrassment and potential litigation associated with a lost child.
  • GPS devices are inexpensive and worth the investment.