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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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