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School Security Put to the Test

by Kelli 3. March 2014 10:49
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Many schools have recently implemented policies requiring that visitors stop at the main office to sign in and receive a visitor pass. This helps faculty around the school be cognizant of who is allowed in the building. A local news team in Michigan sent undercover staff members into six schools to test effectiveness of school security measures. 

This recent school security test revealed some frightening results regarding ease of access to the school and our children. The schools tested included two elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools. 

The undercover testers entered each of the six schools simultaneously. They were coached to walk in the front door, past the main office without stopping to sign in or get a visitor pass

While some schools did a better job of noticing and approaching the “undercover intruder” other testers were allowed to wander for an unsettling amount of time, one even turning himself in to the office administrators after strolling through almost the entire school. 

Three testers walked past an empty security guard table and three testers walked through the school halls undetected for four minutes or more. 

In one specific instance, the undercover tester was allowed to walk school halls for a full 15 minutes and wasn’t stopped until a teacher noticed him strolling in the halls in between class periods. 

The results weren’t all negative with these school security tests. When the testers attempted to enter through a back or side door each and every one was locked, forcing them to enter through the front door and walk past the main office. 

At three of the six schools tested, the intruder was approached by a staff member in two minutes or less, with one tester confronted by a secretary within 30 seconds of entry. Another tester was stopped only 50 feet inside the door by a physical education teacher who respectfully but firmly insisted the tester go to the main office to register as a visitor. 

For the school district’s superintendent, while the results in many cases were disappointing, he believes this was a learning experience and an opportunity to highlight areas of improvement in school security. This will also emphasize to local parents the importance of approving a bond, of which a portion of the funds would be used to implement new security measures as well as improve existing school security policies.  

While this particular instance is focused on one school district, the implications affect schools nationwide. One security oversight or five minutes away from your workspace may have potentially tragic and disastrous repercussions.  

At IDville we’re very passionate about keeping students safe from the potential dangers of having an open campus and allowing intruders to gain access to school hallways and classrooms and, ultimately, our children. We offer a full line of visitor management solutions to do ensure students are kept safe.

With our affordable and affective Visitor Express: School Edition® system, schools can check in visitors and issue a visitor badge in 30 seconds or less, while making sure students are kept as safe as possible in the process. We also have visitor login books and bundles for your visitors to sign in at the office available for schools who use this policy for their visitor management. With so many visitor management options, there’s sure to be something for your school!

ID Badges Increase School Security

by david 30. September 2013 14:12
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Given today’s society, which seems to be plagued with horror stories of child abduction and violence in schools, it seems we should do all that we can to ensure that our children are protected. In particular, we should make sure that they are safe in the place away from home where they spend a majority of their time – school.

Although teachers and school officials make an effort to know their students, it’s increasingly difficult – especially in larger schools – for every single staff member to know every single student on campus. Therefore, it’s crucial that school staff have a quick and simple way of identifying who belongs in the building and who doesn’t without the need for detailed questioning.

An increasing number of schools are requiring all staff and students to wear photo ID badges. These requirements are all about safety and security in schools – something that should never be compromised. In making sure that our schools are as safe as possible, the focus will be on education, as it should be.

Creating ID badges can be extremely simple, as soon as you have everything you need to do so. IDville is dedicated to ensuring you have all the tools you’ll need to implement and maintain ID badge requirements at your school. We offer one-box ID card printing systems with which you’ll be up and running, ready to print IDs, within 15 minutes! We offer several options for all school sizes and needs so that you are sure to find a printer that suits your needs as well as your budget. 

We also feature several ID badge clips, lanyards and other accessories so that your staff and students can easily wear and display their ID badges. Designed with simplicity and security in mind, all of our accessories are easy-to-use and will keep your ID badges safe, secure and looking great!

5 Tips for Designing School ID Cards

by david 17. April 2012 10:20
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School ID cards are an important part of a school safety strategy. ID cards not only help to identify students and staff, but they also identify visitors in the building. To design school ID cards that will keep students safe and create an engaging learning environment, use our five tips in your design process.

1. Incorporate a prominent name and picture.
School ID cards identify individuals in your building. Your school ID cards should be designed to prominently feature the individual’s name and picture. This way, you’ll be able to spot fraudulent cards and quickly recognize if students or visitors are where they are supposed to be.

2. Design school ID cards with the display method in mind.
School ID cards are most effective when they are worn by students and staff every day. It’s important that you think about how the ID card will be worn during the design process. Will students receive lanyards to wear or are they more likely to attach the ID card with a strap clip? Your design will depend on how you recommend students wear their ID cards. For more information, read our Ways to Wear Your Badge article in our Knowledge Center. Learn More about Creating School ID Cards

3. Integrate your lunch and library programs.
To encourage staff and students to wear their school ID cards, make the card vital to their daily routine by integrating it with your lunch and library programs. The ID Maker software allows you to add a bar code to the ID card and sync the ID card activity with your database. Students will be good stewards of their school ID card when it’s required for buying lunch!

4. Color code school ID cards by grade, class, or building.
Improve safety in your building by color coding student and staff ID cards by grade, class, or building. This makes it even easier to visually identify students and where they belong in the school.

5. Create visitor ID cards.
Visitor identification is a very important part of a school safety strategy. When designing school ID cards, create a different design that can be used for visitors. The visitor ID cards should be obviously different than student and staff versions to eliminate confusion. You can also purchase a ready-to-use visitor identification program that can be implemented immediately at your school.

Are you interested in creating school ID cards for your school building or district? Learn more about how our ID Maker ID card systems  can simplify the ID card creation process by requesting free information from our identification experts.

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David is an IDville Identification Specialist with over seven years product and sales experience.  Around IDville, David is known for his new product ideas, sports knowledge, and experience as a catalog model (you may have seen him in a previous IDville catalog!).

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Implement Student ID Cards for Safer Schools

by david 14. September 2011 09:56
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Do you know if your kids are safe at school? Schools today are taking security more seriously than ever, and student ID card programs have become a growing trend to keep schools and their students safe. A student ID card program outfits each student with an ID card or badge that must be worn every day at school.
 
Student ID cards are a simple and effective security solution because they provide instant visual identification of each student and a quick way to determine if a student belongs in the building. Student ID cards are especially helpful at the beginning of the school year when the student’s picture and name are visible to help teachers and staff learn names quickly.
 
Using student ID cards can be simple, and its benefits will make everyone in the school district happy. To start a program that meets your school’s needs, follow these guidelines:
 
Create Student ID Cards
 
1. Find the ID card system that’s right for you. Identification systems allow you to take control of identification by designing and printing your own ID cards onsite. To find the system that’s right for you, use a user-friendly system selection guide like the IDville System Information Guide.
 
2. Make user-friendly software a priority. Equally important to the system you select is the software you use to create the student ID cards. The individual who uses the identification software in a school is often an administrative assistant or staff member. View a demo or tutorial of the software before buying to make sure it will be easy for this person to use.
 
3. Have fun with identification! Student ID cards are an important part to a security program, but they can also be fun for students. Promote school spirit by customizing your identification cards with the school mascot and outfitting students with custom lanyards. Make students excited about their ID cards, and your program is bound to be a success.

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David is an IDville Identification Specialist with over seven years product and sales experience.  Around IDville, David is known for his new product ideas, sports knowledge, and experience as a catalog model (you may have seen him in a previous IDville catalog!).

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Visitor Login Books Increase School Security

by todd 22. March 2011 12:10
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Focus on School Security. For the month of March, the IDville team will be focusing on school security. All this month, we’ll blog about different ways to improve school security. Have questions? Email us or request a System Information Pack for more info.

Schools have countless visitors in any given day. Parents, teachers, volunteers, community members, and sales people all present themselves at a school for one reason or another. Visitors can throw a wrench in even a sound student and staff ID card policy by being in the building unidentified. To safety identify school visitors, implement a visitor login book at your visitor entrance.

Schools should always track visitors with a visitor login book. Keep your book in the main office and require all visitors to register before going to a classroom. A secure visitor login book will create a record of all visitors and assign visitors with a self-expiring visitor adhesive ID badge. Visitors wear the badge while they are in the building, but it changes color after 24 hours. This feature prevents visitors from reusing badges and re-entering the building at a later date.

Implementing a visitor login book into your security plans will have several benefits for your school: Shop Visitor Login Books

Make a good first impression. Your visitor login book should be kept in a central location where all visitors enter the building. Other entrances should be locked and marked with a sign to direct visitors to the correct door. Put an individual in charge of welcoming visitors and instructing them to complete the sign-in process when they first arrive.

Create a record of visitors. A visitor login book creates a record of who is in your school building. Most visitor login books record the visitor’s name, their organization or purpose for visit, and the date. Keep this information in a safe, discreet location on hand for three months before safely discarding it.

Visually identify visitors. Visitor login books equip visitors with an adhesive name badge to wear while in the school. Visitors who wear an ID card send a clear message to your employees and staff, which is especially helpful in a large school building.

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Todd is an identification expert at IDville with over seven years experience. Around IDville, Todd is known for his excessive coffee drinking, beautiful daughters, and impressive ping pong skills.

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Streamline School Processes with Student ID Cards and an ID Card System

by david 15. March 2011 08:30
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Focus on School Security. For the month of March, the IDville team will be focusing on school security. All this month, we’ll blog about different ways to improve school security. Have questions? Email us or request a System Information Pack for more info.

Student ID cards can improve more than just the security at your school. The introduction of ID cards to your students and staff can help streamline various processes within the school, too.

With the proper ID card system and ID card software , you can add barcodes or mag-stripe encoding to your ID cards. These additional features allow you to connect your lunch program and library system. Students can use their ID cards to purchase meals and check out materials.

Schools find this system saves time, increases efficiency, and is safer for students, too. Students will also be more motivated to wear their ID cards as they will be required for checking out library books or buying school lunch.

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For example.  Northeast Middle School (NEMS) in Clarksville, Tennessee prints around 1,600 ID cards for its students, staff, and visitors each year. When Bruce Hester, NEMS Media Specialist and Librarian upgraded his ID card system, he experienced a significant time savings.
 
“The old process was multi-step using the laminating pouches and the cards," said Hester. "When we decided to upgrade we were looking to produce ID cards with ease, and we wanted better looking and more durable ID cards for the students."

The speed of the new ID card systemhas helped move registration lines along and saved the school labor costs. "Using the barcodes on the ID cards speeds up library checkout and helps staff identify the students," added Hester. "We also make ID cards without a photo for substitute teachers and visitors." This ID card system increases building security, leaving students, staff, and parents feeling more secure.

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David is an IDville Identification Specialist with over seven years product and sales experience.  Around IDville, David is known for his new product ideas, sports knowledge and experience as a catalog model (you may have seen him in a previous IDville catalog!).

Promote Student ID Cards with Custom Lanyards

by todd 3. March 2011 17:01
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It can be impossible to get children to do what you want them to do. I should know - I have three daughters! Each of them has their own amazing personality…and a stubborn streak of independence. Sometimes it feels like they fight everything I say!

Getting students to wear their ID cards can also feel like a never ending battle. Many schools have ID card policies in place requiring students to wear their ID cards or face repercussions. Schools can take a more positive approach to the situation by incentivizing kids to wear their ID cards with fun ID card accessories, like custom lanyards.

Custom lanyards are a great option for students. Lanyards are an appropriate display options for students because they keep student ID cards in constant view. You can also choose enhanced features like breakaway lanyards and antimicrobial lanyards that ensure children’s safety.

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Custom lanyard options offered by IDville.

There are several ways you can encourage kids to wear their ID cards with custom lanyards. Here are a few of my suggestions. Share your own strategies and ideas in the comments!

 Promote the School Mascot. Tap into students’ school spirit with custom lanyards that feature your school mascot, logo, and colors. These custom lanyards will be both a sign of safety and school spirit.

 Create Sports Lanyards. Encourage students to support their favorite school team by creating custom lanyards for each sport. Students can even rotate their custom lanyards according to the seasons!

 Classroom Lanyards. Promote camaraderie among students by creating custom lanyards for classrooms or grade levels. For instance, all students in the third grade can wear purple lanyards that say “Bertha Vos Third Grader” and the fourth graders can have a different color. The colors will also help teachers and staff easily identify children.

 Flair for Custom Lanyards. Once you’ve created your own custom lanyards  (the options are endless!), let students decorate their lanyards with lapel pins and stickers. Create classroom rewards that students can display on their custom lanyards to create an ID card accessory that not only promotes safety, but pride as well!

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Todd is an identification expert at IDville with over seven years experience. Around IDville, Todd is known for his excessive coffee drinking, beautiful daughters, and impressive ping pong skills.

School ID Cards Improve Security

by todd 2. March 2011 17:17
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Focus on School Security. For the month of March, the IDville team will be focusing on school security. All this month, we’ll blog about different ways to improve school security. Have questions? Email us or request a System Information Pack for more info.

School security has become a top priority for all school districts in the wake of increased incidents of school violence. School districts can better protect students through the use of access control and school ID cards

ID cards can be synced with an access control system to restrict access into a school building. Access control only permits individuals with an ID card to get into the building. All other visitors are required to enter through a primary monitored entrance. ID card access control is common at colleges and universities, especially for dormitories. It’s becoming more prevalent at grade schools, too, as school districts recognize the multiple benefits of ID card access control.

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Benefits of ID Card Access Control at Schools

 School ID Cards. ID card access control requires students, staff, and teachers to have ID cards with them at all times. The visual identification makes it easier for teachers and security to recognize individuals who do and do not belong in the building.

 Limited Access. Limiting access control funnels all visitors without ID cards through one entrance. It’s much more manageable for a school to monitor one entrance during school hours. A security guard or staff member can be stationed at the open entrance and watch the traffic in and out of the building.

 Visitor’s Entrance. By requiring all visitors to enter through one entrance, you can easily implement a visitor login book that will keep a record of visitors to the school. Maintaining a record of visitors provides valuable information and can help prevent incidents in the building.

 Cancel Cards. Using ID card access control gives you the ability to cancel or deactivate a card. Security administrators can deactivate the cards of students who have graduated, left the school, or are on suspension. The school gains significant more control over permitting students into the building.

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Todd is an identification expert at IDville with over seven years experience. Around IDville, Todd is known for his excessive coffee drinking, beautiful daughters, and impressive ping pong skills.

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