SCHOOL ID SOLUTIONS IMPROVE STUDENT SAFETY
Back to school is in full swing in retail stores as parents, teachers and students
prepare for the school year. School administrators should also prepare for the new
school year by reviewing current school security policies. Outfitting students and
staff with ID cards, using student ID cards for multiple purposes and implementing
visitor identification can make school safer for everyone.
Student ID Cards
Student ID cards provide instant visual identification for teachers, staff and volunteers.
When students wear their ID cards on a lanyard,
adults can quickly identify their names and what classroom they are in. Many schools
assign a certain color lanyard to each grade or classroom, so it's easy to know
where students belong. Elementary schools use breakaway child size
lanyards, and most require students to remove their lanyards before playing
on the playground.
Multiple Purpose Student ID Cards
With the proper ID card printer, you
can add barcodes or mag-stripe encoding to student ID cards. These features allow
students to buy school lunches and check out library materials using their student
ID cards. By giving student ID cards multiple purposes, students will carry less
cash to and from school. One IDville customer found this to be safer for students,
and the change helped to reduce bullying and theft within the schools.
Schools should always track visitors with a
visitor identification system. Keep a visitor log-in system in the main
office and require all visitors to register before going to a classroom. A secure
visitor identification system will create a record of all visitors and assign visitors
with a self-expiring visitor adhesive ID badge. Visitors wear the badge while they
are in the building, but it changes color after 24 hours. This feature prevents
visitors from reusing badges and re-entering the building at a later date.