Pasco schools to change ID badges for safety
With an eye toward improving security, the Pasco County school district will issue new, uniform identification badges to all employees. School visitors will be affected, too.
Each employee badge will include the employee's name and photo, as well as the district name and logo. Individual school ID cards will not be used any longer.
Substitute teachers will get standardized, numbered badges. Interns and vendors will have a yellow bar behind their names instead of the standard blue.
Parents and other school visitors will still get school-issued identification stickers or tags. Schools will be required to collect all those tags and stickers at the end of each visit, to make sure that all visitors are accounted for and no one improperly comes to campus. (This has been done at some but not all schools in the past.)
The procedures "were drafted with a primary focus on safety and efficiency," the administration wrote in a memo to principals and department directors. "Your staff may still use customized lanyards bearing your school or department logo, lanyard pins, stickers of school mascots, or various style holders, etc., so that the badges may be “personalized” within reason. Any customization should not obstruct the visibility of the employee’s name, photo, or District logo."