Starting this school year, Paradise Valley Unified School District (PVUSD) will launch a new policy of increased “sight security,” requiring all high school students to wear identification badges at all times while on campus, according to azcentral.com.
The district’s five high schools and one alternative school will require wearing the badges, affecting about 11,000 student’s total. The new safety and accountability measure will allow teachers and staff to interact with students and positively identify who they’re talking to.
The district already issues photo-identification cards to all of its high-school students at the beginning of each school year. This year will be no different, except the photography companies taking student photos will provide lanyards free of charge.
In the past, school officials required students to carry these identification cards with them at all times and students had to produce them if asked. Now, if they don’t wear the badges, they will face a series of warnings that differ at each high school.
Students have had mixed reactions to the new policy.
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