IDs May Be Answer to Dist. 300 Safety Concerns
Minor, Ray, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Ray Minor Daily Herald Staff Writer
Safety concerns and crowded hallways are causing two Dundee Unit District 300 high schools to look at requiring students and staff members to wear identification badges next year.
Dundee-Crown High School in Carpentersville has decided to require the badges, while Jacobs High School in Algonquin is mulling the idea, administrators said.
ID badges will help teachers identify who does not belong in the school, and they could have numerous other uses, officials said.
Both schools could have more than 1,700 students next year. Teachers and students need help knowing who they are talking to, Jacobs Principal Linda Robinson said.
"It's not impersonal; I think it actually does the opposite," Robinson said. "It personalizes each student. Right now, it's possible to walk down the hall and not know who anybody is."
The school's improvement team is studying the idea and will make a formal presentation to the school board later this year. However, teachers are testing the system now and answering students' questions, Robinson said. …