Local St. Louis Schools Use Bracelets to Monitor Children at School …And at Home

A local school district will implement a new program where grade school students will be forced to wear bracelets at school and at home so the district can monitor the child’s activity.

Big Brother Is Watching

PARKWAY SCHOOL DISTRICT/SUBMITTED PHOTO Fifth-grader Jennifer McGee and Amy Sydnor, the physical education and health teacher at Ross Elementary School in Creve Coeur, show off a Polar active monitor. (St. Louis Today)

Missouri Education Watchdog
wonders if this controversial policy was ever approved by parents?

St. Louis Today reported:

When is the line crossed between better health and surveillance?

In early 2012, wristwatch-like devices called Polar active monitors will be used by older students in PE classes at all 18 Parkway elementary schools. District officials say the devices should help improve the students’ fitness and academic achievement.

Later this school year, the district plans to collect data about activity levels and even sleep patterns for a week at a time. It will have the students wear the devices round the clock.

Some parents and legal experts are raising privacy concerns about at least that aspect of the program.

The project

Ron Ramspott, coordinator of health, outdoor and physical education for Parkway, said a pilot project started in April provided the monitors during physical education classes to students at Henry and Ross elementary schools. Shenandoah Valley Elementary School in Chesterfield joined the pilot in August.

At the district’s Dec. 7 Board of Education meeting, the board approved expanding the project beyond the pilot phase. For the program starting this year at all elementary schools, the district will target grades four and five initially, Ramspott said.

The monitors measure activity by tracking every movement of the person wearing them. They display steps taken, calories spent and time spent at various levels of activity. An animated figure on the monitor indicates the activity level. A bar shows the target time for doing moderate to vigorous activity and the amount of time achieved at that level.

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  • what the hell does this have to do with educating someone?

  • wanumba

    They can’t find Bosnia, Egypt, Peru, Oklahoma, on the map, but can find a kid in his home’s bathroom.

  • jhump

    Why can’y they start a project like this with politicians or beaurocrats? They could determine how many calories are expended wasting tax dollars. We’d then know how effortless it is for them to spend other people’s money on a seemingly endless list of irrelevant nonsense.

  • Granny

    #1 January 5, 2012 at 6:20 am
    tommy mc donnell commented:

    what the hell does this have to do with educating someone?

    “Educating” them to believe that it is perfectly OK for some “authority” to monitor their every move around the clock . . . This generation of children will have absolutely NO idea what Freedom of Speech means, because they are taught in every school in the country that “free speech” must not be “offensive” – and there is a NO TOLERANCE policy to enforce that. The same goes for their right to bear arms – even a drawing of a knife or a gun will get them booted from school, sometimes permanently, under NO TOLERANCE. Their lockers, their backpacks and sometimes even their persons are searched often and often without cause. They won’t know what Innocent until Proven Guilty means because they have to prove themselves not guilty of drug abuse by way of drug testing before they are allowed to participate in after school activities.

    Frankly, if my child were in this district I would cut that monitor off them and homeschool. NOBODY has the right to collect that kind of information on a lawful Citizen of the United States of America – even if they are under 18. And neither the parents nor the school district have the the right to either sign away or preemptively usurp the Constitutional Rights those children were born to.

  • jhump

    what the hell does this have to do with educating someone?

    That’s funny. The same thing can be said about the Department of Education

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  • donh

    Probably some little spy cam embedded in the device so the Phys Ed perverts can sneak peep. Did Amy Spydor go to Penn State ?

  • Gini

    The parents approved this? I can see a medical doctor needng this information on a specific child due to illness, but to do it to all children simply smacks of bureaucratic control. If my child were involved I would find a way to damage this monitor.

  • RedBeard
  • Conservative Ken

    Now if they would only set webcams around Roosevelt High School so we can see all the gang violence that goes on there.

  • Granny

    #8 January 5, 2012 at 7:09 am
    Gini commented:

    The parents approved this? I can see a medical doctor needng this information on a specific child due to illness, but to do it to all children simply smacks of bureaucratic control. If my child were involved I would find a way to damage this monitor.

    Gini, I am a medical scientist by profession. I’ve raised a disabled child and had a niece that was one of the first patients to be treated with stem cells for leukemia. I do not know of a single disease that would require this kind of monitoring – not one!

  • Remco Kimber

    Simply remove it from the child.

    This is house arrest,

  • Shawn

    They will use the data to take away your kids because you are unfit.

  • RedBeard

    The unfit parents are the ones who willingly go along with this. Frogs in a pot, as the old story goes.

  • Susan T

    I wouldn’t call it house arrest so much as calling it a horrible idea. The way I look at public schools is like this: homework is one thing, but what else my child does after school is certainly not the district’s business. Being a member of a Board of Education in the NE, I’d be appalled if we ever passed this here.

    This certainly infringes on a family’s privacy. Next thing you know, we’ll all have chips implanted under the guise of ‘physical activity.’ HAHA!


    no way in hell would my kid be wearing that….watch for the law suits to fly in 3…2…1…

  • Here’s some advice for parents in this district – “Just Say No”! Send a letter to you child’s school Principal and everyone on the leadership team in the district prohibiting your child from participating. Instruct your child not to allow anyone to put the bracelet on his / her arm, and if you child comes home with it after all of that, contact an attorney. It is high time parents start exercising their rights against the state by holding schools accountable and using the courts if our elected officials are unwilling to do so.

  • olm

    I have raised 2 and am on my 3rd but the 3rd is homeschooled. I am more convinced every day that this child will not return to the public brick and mortar school.
    Parents are as brainwashed as the kids. They think that the responsibilty for a majority of a childs needs are met by the school. The neighbor couldn’t believe the school would not teach her kid to read. Reading? who needs reading? Public education is a joke. I am not slamming teachers, I am slamming the incredibly broken system. Unless the system is supposed to be about control and compliance, then it works perfectly.

  • Greg

    How is this different than communicable disease testing in the 40,s in Alabama by withholding antibiotics/placebos to minorities without thier permission to be in a monitoring program.
    Where is the med profession participation in this program.
    Where is the gadget supplier, what freebies are involved.

  • Militant Conservative

    Indoctrination to accept government intrusion.

    Chips are imbedded into all service members.

    RFID chips between the shoulderblades just

    Under the skin. All new passports have them and

    soon so will drivers licences.

  • Old One

    America’s educrats are proving to the nation they are nothing more than an evil cabal of deranged tyrants that intend to become the Gestapo & KGB of the liberals determined to install a marxist totalitarianism. The public schools’ obviously mentally deranged bureaucrat misfits under Obozo & the democorrupts are eagerly morphing into the concentration camp guards. The so called public schools must be abolished as a threat to a free society.

  • Carlos Sanchez

    Next will be the RFID Chipping. Slowly they indoctrinate society into the next phase.

  • Indoc. Incorporated — Obama’s USSA.

    Why don’t they include a mode button where it allows the students to watch the debt clock instead of their own behaviors/habits? Such a feature would make the establishment look like a bunch of morons, so therefore they choose the Orwellian path for our children.

    Canada isn’t looking so bad right now. I don’t even think China does this kind of sneaky stuff to their kids do they?? The slide to socialism in the USSA is very subtle and seemingly harmless, but in the long run…….each little step to the left leads to more govt. intrusion, higher taxes, more oppression, and less personal liberties.

    Will there ever come a day that they will invent a flatulent tax and outlaw beans??

  • Suprsvc01

    To echo many of the sentiments already expressed here, if it were one of my kids, we’d be having a nice little (albeit extremely contentious) parent / school administration meeting right about now. There’s no way in hell I’d tolerate the school placing mandatory monitoring devices of any kind on my kids. These school administration, behavioral modification loving, bureaucratic control freaks have gotten W A A A A Y out of control and need to be soundly reminded of the limitations of their delegated authority.

    JUST SAY NO !!!

  • Mahdi Al-Dajjal

    On a related note, New York’s Democrat Governor Cuomo is seeking to make New York State the first State in the USA to have a law requiring mandatory DNA to be taken from EVERYBODY convicted of a crime both felonies and misdemeanors (and traffic tickets not too far behind).


    You can ALWAYS count on the Left to do this kind of stuff. Concentration camps for all us “undesireables” is our future, especially if the Dictator-in-Chief gets re-elected in 2012.

  • JKB

    With so many Ph.Ds in education these days, they need more children to experiment on.

    Don’t worry about the effect on the children, it’s for the advancement of science

  • Reason 10 million Kerfrillion why I’m glad we chose to homeschool.

  • Old One

    # 22
    Carlos Sanchez

    There is nothin slow abou thepower grabs orchestrated by Obozo, Her Excellency Marie Antoinette Michelle, their bureaucratic soclalist henchment, and their elected democorrupt & RINO enablers.

  • bigL

    10 seconds in a micro wave kill the RFIDs in the passports. The crooks are reading the PP’s with the chips. same with these devices. The devices won’t work and the Stasi won’t know why.

  • Really?

    I live in Parkway school district and ironically this is a pretty conservative area.
    WHERE ARE YOU State Senator JANE CUNNINGHAM????? This is YOUR district. Not enough publicity in it for you? Yeah…let’s concentrate on LOWERING the age kids can work! (sarc)
    If you don’t get on this ASAP….expect quite a bit of opposition in your next run for office.

  • Cee

    Families surely cannot be required to participate. This invasion of privacy outside of school is unreasonable.

  • rickb223

    #8 January 5, 2012 at 7:09 am
    Gini commented: If my child were involved I would find a way to damage this monitor.

    I was born & raised in St. Louis city. Southside. ’62.
    Family moved to Texas in ’79.
    If I had kids & this happened ANYWHERE I live, (or if they tried to pull this with my nephew here), I’d simply get a second dryer & disconnect the heater element, put the bracelet in a padded container & turn it on.

    If every parent that was against this would take a page from the left’s playbook & use the Cloward/Piven strategy & overload the system with useless data…………………… Just sayin’.

  • DiEmes

    You vill DO it, undt you vill LIKE it!
    If they gave my kid one of those, I would strap it on my dog.
    Let them try to figure that one out.

  • oldguy

    Since the authorities allow criminals to run rampant, the bracelets will make it easier to recover the remains of the children.

  • RedBeard

    Cee, it’s the willing families that are of greatest concern.

    “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”

    Edmund Burke is credited with that, but even though he most likely did not write it, some very wise soul did.

  • Valerie

    These are heart-rate monitors, not GPS tracking devices. The idea is to generally measure the kids’ activity level during the day, and get an idea of their fitness.

    Physical activity has been shown to be connected to scholastic achievement. Kids who were required by the school to have a running session in the morning before school showed improved aerobic fitness AND BETTER GRADES.

    That’s the core of what works.

    I am sure somebody had a great idea to document the baseline activity level of the kids, and perhaps correlate changes in activity level with improved academic performance, if it happened.

    Of course, the school could have just done what works: have every kid in school run for 20 minutes during 1st period.

    I assume somebody made money on those monitors.

  • Greg

    Need to take off the tin foil conspiracy hat. the program intent is much simpler. Google Polar activity monitor and you get about 2 million dollar hit for this high end heart rate monitor..100$ PLUS. Introducing it to schools is a marketing ploy. Scanning the first several pages of Google hits, I found no,0,,,articles that describe effective use of the data that would provide more information than watching kids sweat at PE.
    Schools have plenty other needs to spend scarce money on and the Local district should be called on to explain wasteful spending.

  • Matt

    I think this is voluntary.

    I have no problem with it.

  • Cindy McGee

    Greg, While you are right about the bracelets. The bottom line is that the schools are overstepping their authority by monitoring these children period. They are there for an education period. The schools are acting like the government, constantly overstepping their authority, oops, the schools are the government. Anyway, the other problem with this is that it could turn into something far more invasive in terms of privacy and personal liberty. When you consider the Longitudinal Data System being put in place in MO and across the nation for the express purpose of gathering data on children and their families, it is not a stretch to imagine bracelets with greater capability being used. Bottom line, none of this is any of the schools or governments business. It is the business of the parents and the child’s physician to monitor the child if needed…
    I also think that this is an outrageous violation of tax payer funds. That question does need to be asked also, loud and clear.

  • Gini

    #11 January 5, 2012 at 7:18 am
    Granny commented:
    #8 January 5, 2012 at 7:09 am

    Granny – Isn’t this similar to a 24 hour heart monitor? I would think with Barr Epstein/Chronic Fatigue this information might be helpful. But for education – HA!

  • Taxpayer

    No. effin’. way.

  • Valerie – you are probably right that initially there was no insidious intent. But if the goal was to get kids to focus on their activity level, why not use a simple and practically free activity journal? If studies have already shown that running in the morning improves academic performance why not have the school run or do calisthenics first thing? Why use the bracelet to justify the policy? I will even grant you that this was probably money based in that PolarGo gave these things at a deep discount or with a kick back. But just because something CAN be done doesn’t mean it SHOULD be done and the school, at the very least needs get parental approval BEFORE they begin tracking anything kids do outside of school.

  • Granny

    Let me remind some of you who have “no problem” with this that in the early days of the www a cookie was pretty dar Ned innocuous too. Now you are tracked all across the Internet, Google and Facebook make millions off that data and Facebook is even developing a facial recognition database with millions of worldwide entries. You aren’t foolish enough to think they just want to automatically tag photos you appear in are you?

  • STL Tix

    Parkway district in St. Louis county is getting WAY too much money if they can even think about something as absurd as this.
    Just goes to prove your vote counts people, don’t think for a minute you can sit out ANY election. Too many Americans died to allow us to still have a say in our lives. By giving up your vote to someone else you get school boards with ideas like this and POTUS’s like Obummer.

    Powder is dry

  • LeChat

    People’s taxes are paying for this lunacy. The best thing to do is follow the money and find out who is getting kickbacks from this initiative. Then publish their names with the dollar amounts that they received. Then find out if you can initiate a class-action lawsuit against the people responsible for violation of privacy and whatever else you can come up with. This will disappear like morning fog.

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  • pat riota

    Every parent at Parkway needs to be at the next board meeting. Questions need to be asked.

  • RedBeard

    To those who do not object to this unwarranted intrusion, I offer this quotation, which is right on point with regard to the so-called “educators” who are pushing the plan:

    “The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in the insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding.” –Justice Lewis Braindeis

  • bg


    uhm, what’s the pedophile registry like in St. Louis??


  • ilikai

    So the Parkway District thinks the kids enrolled in their schools are their guinea pigs for science experiments? Screw the parents? Hell, I would demand at least $50 bucks a day and a contract if they want my kid to wear that thing. Make the bastards pay for the privelige, or do what was said above, when my kid came home with that on, cut it off.

  • bg


    oh btw, aside from pedophiles (whom
    both the left and Ron Paul support)..

    it’s like i’ve been saying for at least a few years now,
    they’re not after us per se, they want our children..


  • bg


    History of Political Correctness

    The Scourge of Our Times

    [Does anyone know the origins of Political Correctness?
    Who originally developed it and what was its purpose?

    I looked it up. It was developed at the Institute for Social Research
    in Frankfurt, Germany, which was founded in 1923 and came to be
    known as the “Frankfurt School.” It was a group of thinkers who
    pulled together to find a solution to the biggest problem facing the
    implementers of communism in Russia.

    The problem? Why wasn’t communism spreading?

    Their answer? Because Western Civilization was in its way.

    What was the problem with Western Civilization? Its belief in the
    individual, that an individual could develop valid ideas. At the root
    of communism was the theory that all valid ideas come from the
    effect of the social group of the masses. The individual is nothing.

    And they believed that the only way for communism to advance was
    to help (or force, if necessary) Western Civilization to destroy itself.
    How to do that? Undermine its foundations by chipping away at the
    rights of those annoying individuals.

    One way to do that? Change their speech and thought patterns
    by spreading the idea that vocalizing your beliefs is disrespectful
    to others and must be avoided to make up for past inequities and

    And call it something that sounds positive: “Political Correctness.”

    Inspired by the brand new communist technique, Mao, in the 1930s,
    wrote an article on the “correct” handling of contradictions among the
    people. “Sensitive training” – sound familiar? – and speech codes were

    In 1935, after Hitler came to power, the Frankfurt School moved to
    New York City, where they continued their work by translating
    Marxism from economic to cultural terms using Sigmund Freud’s
    psychological conditioning mechanisms to get Americans to buy into
    Political Correctness. In 1941, they moved to California to spread
    their wings.

    But Political Correctness remains just what it was intended to be:
    a sophisticated and dangerous form of censorship and oppression,
    imposed upon the citizenry with the ultimate goal of manipulating,
    brainwashing and destroying our society]

    much more here..


  • lemonaide

    Over my dead body…

  • greenfairie

    It’s not the school’s business to “monitor” its students’ “fitness.” It is supposed to EDUCATE, not micromanage children’s lives.

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  • theBuckWheat

    Clearly, it is time for full tuition vouchers so familes can escape such outrageous nonsense.

  • bg


    if the children must be electronically monitored, then their PARENTS
    should be the ones who receive the info as to their whereabouts..


  • Alan

    Two responses:
    1 – Informal conversations among parents, leading to LOTS of these getting accidentally damaged, or mysteriously failing.
    2 – Informal conversations with teachers, suggesting the money spent on these things comes out of the teachers’ next year’s pay raises…
    Watch and wait, stir & repeat.

  • Lido Deck

    If you care to see the discussion about these monitors during the school board meeting check the linked video starting at ~ 49:20


  • Suprsvc01

    To the “I’m OK with this” crowd,

    The whole lack of parental knowledge and consent aspect of this latest encroachment notwithstanding, do any of you who believe this is ‘OK’ to try out on unsuspecting kids actually know (‘know’, not ‘assume’) what these wrist monitors are really capable of monitoring? We all know what the school ‘says’ the monitors will do, but does anyone know for sure? Is it just a simple heartrate monitor; or does it have other capabilities (audio, video, GPS, bio-scan, data storage)? Does it use a tested, proven technology; or some ‘cutting edge’, state of the art technology that some crony developed that will be all the rage (like the TSA body scanners) until some 9 year old gets leukemia from it?

    Look folks, it’s not like this is the first cochemamy scheme this morally bankrupt administration has tried to foist on us in the past 2+ years. What if there really is more to it than than they’re willing to admit (you know, kinda like ‘you have to pass the bill to see what’s in it’)? What then? Huh?

  • sablegsd

    Oh hell no! Over my dead body would I let this happen with my kid.

    So, remember when home schoolers were reviled as nutcases and how their kids would miss out on “socialization”?

  • Restless Legs

    Paging George Orwell… Paging George Orwell.
    This is why my kids go to a private Christian school. This bracelet nonsense (and similar nonsense) also helps to explain what I’m seeing in the kids at a youth group at my church. Most of them go to public schools. Last week, I held up a map of the world as I talked about missionaries. Out of 20 public-school kids in my group (3rd – 6th graders), not ONE of them knew how many continents there are. What continent is the U.S. on? Blank stares. China? Not a clue. This is just ONE example. Every week, I find out more and more about what’s NOT being taught in our public schools.

  • tina

    Defund Dept.of Education- states take it back. Homeschool. Don’t let these communist idiots get their hands on your child.

  • Paying Attention

    I have been reading the actual text of the FERPA amendment which went into effect January 3, 2012. It is full of nice little nuggets that affects cradle to grave type things educationally speaking. A nice new update that may apply to this situation is the following- directory information is personal information:

    Amend § 99.37(c) to clarify that while parents or eligible students (students who have reached 18 years of age or are attending a postsecondary institution at any age) may opt out of the disclosure of directory information, this opt out does not prevent an educational agency or institution from requiring a student to wear, display, or disclose a student ID card or badge that exhibits directory information;

    Also, there is a reference to the “States Collect Graduates Employment Data” and the difficulty doing so without consent. This amended version of FERPA will also address that difficulty so that post secondary (college – not paid for by government) data and its correlation to future and current employment can be better studied utilizing PII (personally identifiable information).

    Here is the link to the amendment:


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  • Denise

    Just a trial balloon……..leading to the mark.

  • megansdad

    Homeschool!!!!!! http://exodusmandate.org/

    how much more are we the American people going the put up with?

  • Mark

    Personal freedom down the toilet again. This is an absolute travesty. They’re brainwashing children to give up their freedoms. THIS IS ILLEGAL and the school’s administration should be sued!

  • Wowie Cowie

    Well all your rights are being taken from you as we speak with the marxist dictator you have in office with his regime. So what better way then to start teaching kids now so by the time they realize whats up there will be nothing they can do about it. I say to all true Americans wake the hell up if your not already it’s coming to a theater near you!

  • Washington

    This has nothing to do with the child’s well being. It’s about conditioning. When the kids grow up with big brother around them, they’ll feel OK with it. You really think the Gov cares about your health? They’re the ones injecting everyone with cancer cells calling it a cure for a common flu. Go with it if you wish, but be well aware that if you “did nothing” during the revolution, you too will be exterminated along with the NWO. There’s no room in our brave world for the cowards who did nothing to fight the eugenicists.

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  • Fred Byrd

    I have used these monitors in my school (a private catholic school) and we have had tremendous response from students and parents. I’m not sure that people have a realistic understanding of how this device is used. It is basically a pedometer that measures the level of intensity with your movement. It is not a GPS or surveils students like some people perceive. I can’t imagine that the school district mentioned in the article is using this in a way that would place harm on kids. As an educator, and a child-advocate, we would and could never surveil anyone to the extent that people are accusing this school district. I am a parent, myself, and I too am cautious about protecting my own children, but trust me when I say that this article seems to be way off base. We have bigger issues to tackle in this world besides attacking our schools and teachers who play an important role in the overall development of our children.

  • PhoneLuzer

    While I do think this is over the line to make it mandatory, I don’t see much in the way of privacy (it doesn’t specify whether the data is individually identifiable), but it’s just like wearing a fit bit or something. Yeah, over the line for mandatory but not in and of itself a huge privacy invasion (and you can always remove it, put it on the dog, etc.) Still, with the recent article on some of these wrist devices causes rashes, etc. maybe not the best idea in general. The whole wellness craze is going a bit too far, isn’t it. Encouraging good habits is one thing. Mandating kids where monitoring devices 24/7 whether or not the data is individually identifiable, is overreaching.

  • Jb

    i would remove it smash it with a hammer mail it back with a letter saying “NOT ON MY CHILD ,NOT NOW NOT EVER” then remove my child from school

  • Jonn Jonzz

    I’m sure that each student who gets one has a name registered with the serial number of the watch so they know who has one and who returns them when they are finished…..like checking out a book from the library……they know who has it and if it’s not returned someone will have to pay to replace it…….NOW they can tie that child’s name to their activity…….if the activity level is not sufficient to meet the “guidelines” then guess what……they conceivably could notify child protective services and claim child endangerment for not having the kid get enough exercise or eating too much…….it’s not that far from the reality that is our government today…..