The Copperas Cove Independent School District is making significant changes to ensure the safety of its students.
All Junior High students are now required to wear an identification badge at all times.
“We started this semester with student ID cards as another form of an added security measure for our campus as well as helping us out in a lot of different ways,” said Dr. Jimmy Shuck, Principal at S.C. Lee Junior High School.
Students use their ID cards throughout the school day: checking in for class, getting lunch in the cafeteria or checking out books from the library.
“We can use it for all sorts of things, I know they are trying to work on some system to where we can use it for even checking our grades. I know that some of the elective teachers are also starting to use it for their own uses too,” said Bethany Hamilton, 8th grade student at S.C. Lee Junior High School.
The process to make them takes no more than a couple of minutes, and even helps prepare students for life after Junior High.
“A lot of the area High Schools students are wearing ID cards there, as adults we have our drivers license, we don’t necessarily have to wear those around our neck but in a lot of the work forces where you go to in different jobs they are going more and more to wearing or having some form of ID, this is the same thing for our kids,” said Dr. Shuck.
“I think it adds a lot of responsability and a lot of you have to remember it to your routine and I feel like keeping track of that is really smart and a really good skill to be teaching schools especially something as young as middle school,” added Hamilton.
But, remembering to wear it every day can be a challenge.
“One of the ways I remember is because I have my favorite sweater I like to wear so what I do is I have a desk and I put my badge on the desk and my sweater on top of it. So when I pick up my sweater I see my badge and I’m like ‘oh yeah, I have to take my badge to school,” said Angel Mateo, 7th grade student at S.C. Lee Junior High School.
The badges are also color coded to easily identify a grade and group level.
If the student loses it, they must pay $2 to replace it.