In an effort to enhance security and make checking identities more efficient, several high schools in Modesto, California, will require students to wear ID badges and lanyards while on school grounds, according to a report by the Modesto Bee.
The new ID policy at Davis and Johansen high schools is meant to create a safer environment for students, teachers and other staff members, as the visible ID cards will help administrators determine which students belong where, the news source said. Although the ID badges are not required, they are highly recommended if the student doesn't want their day to be disrupted.
Gregori High School officials have had an ID policy in place since 2010 and have seen significant results, the Modesto Bee noted.
"Anyone who walks onto the campus and does not have a lanyard gets campus supervisors' immediate attention," Gregori High School principal Jeff Albritton said, according to the news source.
Some students, however, are strictly against the use of student IDs and lanyards and see the ID cards as useless without a significant purpose.
"We don't really understand the purpose of the lanyards," Johansen High School senior Alicia Rorabaugh said, according to the Modesto Bee. "Some staff have hinted at the ability to distinguish between students and visitors on campus; however, visitors are supposed to sign in at the front office."
On the upside, Modesto associate superintendent Ginger Johnson said that students will be able to check out library books much more efficiently than before by simply swiping their ID card. Furthermore, the accessories are meant to strengthen a sense of community throughout the school system, the news source noted.
Other schools around the United States are also implementing ID card policies, especially for visitors. According to a report by local newspaper the Enterprise News, Brockton High School in Massachusetts recently installed a new access control system that requires all guests to register and acquire a temporary ID card.
"It's great because it gives everyone a name tag but it's not a guarantee against anything," Brockton High School principal Susan Szachowicz said, according to the Enterprise News.
By requiring visitors and students to wear ID cards, high school administrators can create a safer learning environment for anyone at the school, while simultaneously making lives easier and more convenient.