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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
todd

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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Sample Student ID Card. See more ID card samples in our Sample ID Card Library.


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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