This week, Dallas ISD began distributing inkless fingerprint child identification kits to campuses throughout the district. Schools are providing kits to families with students in kindergarten through eighth grade. As part of the National Child Identification Program, these kits provide parents with a record of their child’s physical characteristics and fingerprints to help identify them in the case of an emergency.
Once received, parents can complete the form with their child’s information and store it in a secure location at home. Each kit includes instructions in English and Spanish; participation is entirely voluntary.
This initiative stems from bill SB 2158 passed in the last legislative session. The bill tasked the Texas Education Agency (TEA) with providing identification kits to all school districts for distribution to students in grades K-8. Dallas ISD received a total of 92,400 kits from TEA.