Student IDs Required in All Clark County (Nev.) Schools

The colored lanyards and student identification allow for school administrators to be sure everyone who is there is supposed to be.

Student IDs Required in All Clark County (Nev.) Schools

El Dorado High School has implemented the new requirement early.

Starting next semester, student IDs will be required on every Clark County School District (Nev.) campus.

In Las Vegas, El Dorado High School Principal Dave Wilson has decided to introduce the new system early, reports KTNV.

He says his new favorite phrase over the last month has become, “Thank you for wearing your ID.”

“It is a matter of safety. I need to be able to identify you are one of my students,” he said.

The need for student IDs was highlighted during a security operation on campus involving school resource officers and Las Vegas police.

According to Wilson, most non-students were there to see friends, but some had ulterior motives. Two students from an alternative high school were on campus to sell drugs.

“They walked through the front, stamped the tardy late; we would have had no idea they were non-students,” he said.

Now, when Wilson sees a student without a colored lanyard, he asks, “Where is your ID?”

After getting used to the new routine, some students say they understand the safety aspects of the new system.

“I just thought it was strange. Why do that now?” said Jonathan Ramirez, a student at El Dorado. “Safer in that it is not just some random kid coming to school who doesn’t actually go to the school.”

The experience has come with its challenges and lessons, Wilson says. At first, the school purchased cheap lanyards that were breaking. He plans to change that, as well as the style of the lanyard to ensure maximum safety.

“Unfortunately, students come up and grab IDs, and if you don’t have a breakaway, you are going to get choked,” he explained.

Teachers will see another benefit of the IDs when scanners are installed in every classroom.

“Every minute counts so if you can turn around, not have to take attendance, not have to stop and stretch for students coming in tardy, that is going to be huge,” Wilson said.

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2 responses to “Student IDs Required in All Clark County (Nev.) Schools”

  1. So this is one of the most idiotic ideas for student safety. The IDs are easily forged with any modern computer and scanner. It takes less than 10 minutes with photoshop. The lanyard, card, and carrier are commonly sold items on amazon. Plastic id cards are 200 for $10. It further shows how bad school management is. Teachers don’t know their students. People are installing RFID tracking on the cards. The schools are turning into high-security prisons that are cold and impersonal. My student was told if she forgot her badge she would be fined for the replacement. That means students will miss school days for a forgotten badge. Principals all think they are Wyatt Erp protecting the OK coral and they can do nothing wrong. In my day we didn’t have such violence we also didn’t have common core and badges. Teachers and principals used to welcome the students in the morning and they knew our names. Perhaps instead of building schools of 2000 students, smaller facilities would be better than batdges. The Nazi’s instituted wearing of badges for public safety and we know how that worked out.

  2. Francis Alu says:

    It is stated that student ID is “required”. Where does one find the law, regulation, or policy (administrative control) that governs CCSD student ID’s?

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