Reopening Schools Issue Brief: Wearable Technologies & COVID-19

Is your child’s school or college requiring them to wear a device to track their vital health stats in real time this fall in an effort to spot potential COVID-19 cases? Asking questions about how wearable technology like heart-rate monitors and Fitbit-like bracelets will be used in a school setting is critical to understanding the privacy implications. Can students opt-out? Who will have access to the very sensitive health information the devices do collect? Will the devices be stored at home or school? Our issue brief series has more on what you need to know – and ask – about the potential use of wearable technologies in schools: