Students must wear ID badges

FLINT TWP. — Carman-Ainsworth High School students will be required to wear visible Identification badges at all times while on school property as part of an effort to tighten security.

Displaying ID badges was one of several changes added to the 2012-13 Student Code of Conduct recently approved by the school board.

The new rule stipulates that all students, in buildings, where they are required, will wear the school-issued ID badges on their outermost garment “while on school property and at all school-related events such as dances, sporting events, fashion and talent shows and theater performances, in the cafeteria and checking out books from the Media Center.

The school will issue one ID badge each year to each student at no cost. Students will be responsible for replacement costs for lost, stolen or damaged badges. Students will also be issued lanyards to hang the affixed badges around their neck. The lanyards will be break-away to prevent choking hazards.

On first offense, students violating the badge policy will be issued a warning and a temporary badge. A second offense will lead to lunch detention and parental notification. Third and continued violations can lead to several disciplinary actions including suspension, the code states.

Board Trustee Peggy Anderson voted in favor of the new rule but expressed reservations about the time and energy necessary to enforce it. She said she’d rather see a pilot program before making the ID policy a part of the Student Code of Conduct.

“I appreciate the safety concerns,” Anderson said. “I just question how much energy is going to have to be put into insisting that they wear their badges all the time.”

The previous student code only required students to identify themselves when asked by district personnel.

Superintendent Steve Tunnicliff said that communication with high school administrators and hall monitors indicate a need to implement a policy immediately. It can be changed later if not effective.

CAHS administrators want to start the year on a strong note communicating to students what is expected of them, Tunnicliff said, adding that a lot of thought has been put into the change and the reasons for it.

“We want to make sure they (people inside schools) belong there.”

An unidentified CAHS hall monitor in the audience at the board meeting greeted the new rule with two thumbs up.

Other tweaks to the Student Code of Conduct addressed clothing and appearance, bullying, tardiness and suspension procedures.

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