Two elementary schools in West Virginia are experimenting with a pilot program that aims to help ensure the students' safety, according to a published report.
This school year will see students at Wiliamstown Elementary School and Mineral Wells Elementary School wearing identification badges, The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reports. The students who will be partaking in the program are in kindergarten, first grade and second grade.
The students only will be allowed to leave with guardians who wear badges that match the ones worn by the children, transportation director Richard Lance told the news source, noting another nearby county implemented the program.
"Kanawha County has had this in place for a couple of years, and they've done it as a voluntary program," Lance told the news source late last week. "We'd like to see the same done here and have it be mandatory."
All families have been given four of the badges. The child holds one badge while the guardians are given three badges for when they pick up the child.
Efforts to pick up the child by someone who does not have a badge will result in the child being taken back to school.
He said that the plan should be in place by the middle of this week.
"By Wednesday, we are going to start enforcing this," Lance told the news source.
Students who lose or forget their badges will be issued a temporary one.
More than 500 students are partaking in the pilot program this year. Lance said its success will prompt the expansion to each of the 19 public elementary schools in Wood County.
Wood County public schools have scholarship programs for academics and athletics, booster organizations, a parent-teachers' association and additional programs to strengthen the county's academic offerings, according to the county schools' website.