In an effort to enhance physical security on school grounds, administrators from educational facilities around the country are beginning to implement programs that require students have more advanced ID cards. This trend is happening on all levels, including high schools and college campuses, around the nation.
The Scottsdale Unified School District in Arizona, for example, requires students wear ID cards at all times.
"Being able to visually identify our students will help distinguish them from others who may not belong on our campuses," SUSD chief security officer James Dorer said. "Scanning student IDs will increase the accuracy of our accounting systems and also increase the safety and accountability of our students while riding the bus."
The new program will require middle school and high school students to wear clearly visible ID badges so teachers, staff members and administrators can easily identify an individual on the bus, in the cafeteria line or other common areas on the grounds. The initiative will be launched at the local high school at the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year with the middle school's similar strategy going into action several weeks later.
Similar initiatives are happening on a college level
ID cards are an important part of a college student's life, as they often hold information that allows users to obtain a meal plan, do laundry and take final exams. For these reasons, the University of Iowa is upgrading its existing Iowa One identification card to make it more convenient and to boost safety in the long run, according to a report by the Daily Iowan.
The additions include the ability to store money on Iowa One cards, turning them into debit cards issued by Hills Bank, as well as enhanced features that turn the cards into keys for access control systems located on buildings throughout campus, the news source said.
"Everyone - students, faculty, anyone on staff - is more likely to keep better track of these cards because they'll be using them more often and I think we'll see fewer lost and replaced cards," Ann Rosenthal, the associate director of building and landscape services for UI facilities management, said, according to the Daily Iowan.
ID cards are and will continue to be an important aspect of student lives, as they have multiple purposes intended to enhance security and convenience for all users.