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Students, staff struggle with new ID policy

By Jamie Black, Web and Business Editor

Junior Brinya Kydd left her ID badge at home, was seen without it, and was “directed to the office to get a detention…” Kydd, however, couldn’t serve the detention because of her job.

“I work on Friday from 8-4pm, so it’s not fair to me because I have to come in at nine when I’m a good student and bring it (ID badge) all the time,” Kydd said.

Luckily for students like Kydd, who mistakenly left their ID badges at home, the consequences for not following the Code Book have been changed. On Apr. 30, a fully explained set of consequences went into place and because of this, previous detentions for ID badge violations were waived.

According to the Broward County Public Schools Code Book for Student Conduct, students have been required to wear ID badges all year.

“Secondary students must wear identification (ID) badges if the school has the infrastructure and/or funding in place to require ID badges and the school’s handbook specifies the rules and consequences for ID badges,” the code book says.

However, since the Stoneman Douglas massacre on Feb. 14, Superintendent Robert Runcie ultimately wants all BCPS students to be wearing their ID badges at all times.

One of the problems immediately after the shooting was identifying the victims who had no identification. Some families could not be informed until the next day that their child had died.  

Because of the district’s mandate, the school implemented stricter policies, including issuing badge holders.

Up until Apr. 30, those who were caught not wearing their ID badges would either receive a detention or pay a $5 fee for a new one.

Front office secretary Erika Rodriguez explained that the new procedure works in a three-strike fashion.

“They (students) come in and sign if it’s the first offense, (or the) second,” Rodriguez said. “On the third one, they are going to receive a Wednesday detention.”

The new procedure was designed to allow for the forgetfulness of students, while still highlighting how important school safety is, which computer science teacher David Holley supports.

Holley checks for ID badges every day.

“(I’m) doing what is supposed to be done,” Holley said. “This (ID badges being worn) has always been a policy for a reason.”

While Holley said he understands that the change was hard for students, he also felt that school safety is the number one priority.

“All of us want to go home to our families,” Holley said.

Posted: May 8

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