Spokane school board members cleared the way for high school principals to require students to carry new identification cards.
Students in all District 81 high schools will be photographed in the next few weeks for the badges, which they’ll use for everything from checking out library books to buying lunch.
Board members voted unanimously Wednesday to allow principals to make the cards mandatory.
“I’m all in favor of ID cards,” said school board president Nancy Fike.
The cards will help prepare students for life after high school, where many businesses issue similar cards for employees, she said.
The plastic, wallet-sized cards will carry a stamp that tells teachers whether a student has parental permission to log onto the Internet.
They’ll also have students’ schedules printed on the back, so teachers can tell when kids should be in class.
Schools will decide individually whether to require students to wear the badges or simply carry them in a wallet or pocket, Fike said.
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