If you have gone to school at some point in the past few decades you’ve had to sport a student ID badge or two. Student ID badges really aren’t a new thing but sometimes they do fail to go unenforced. To the school faculty it may seem like a nuisance but here are a few reasons why it’s important to enforce student ID badges in schools:
Distinguishing Students and Visitors
As a staff member, especially within larger schools, it’s important to be able to distinguish between students and visitors. When I was in high school, it was a common occurrence for a student from a neighboring school to come and pick a fight with someone in the hall or parking lot. That may seem a bit ridiculous, and it is, but it happened and it’s not something to ignore. If there is potential for a non-student to come on campus and cause a problem, it should be within the school’s line of sight. Enforcing student ID badges can be of assistance in this type of scenario.
Identifying Staff Members
In high school, it would be pretty hard to mistake a student for a teacher since the age gap is relatively wide. However, people of all ages can be a student in a university so differentiating between teachers and students becomes more difficult. In case of emergency, it’s important that students are able to immediately identify someone who can enforce the appropriate protocol in a timely manner.
Keeping Students Accountable
Students need to know that they can’t get away with being mischievous. If they’re all required to have their student ID badges present, teachers can quickly get a students name. A student can easily lie about who they are but their ID badge can’t. Have them wear their badge in plain sight to help keep them accountable to their actions.