While the past few years have ushered in multitudes of changes, the ID requirement was the only change to directly affect every single student this year.
At least, it was intended to.
In a Talon poll of about 100 students in the cafeteria and the library, only half were wearing their IDs. About 60 percent of students marked that they wore their IDs every day, 6 percent said they wore it most days, 4 percent some days, and 28 percent marked they never wear or almost never wore their ID.
According to the policy, students should receive detention from homeroom teachers after failing to wear their ID three days in a marking period.
“I see a lot of threats coming from homeroom teachers [to students not wearing IDs], but nothing really comes of it,” said senior Benson Beck. “It hasn’t really done much.”
Following the theme of positive reinforcement reflected in other policies, principal Nicole Malinoski hopes ID usage can be increased by rewarding students who wear them consistently.
“I think that as a school, we need to work on it, to improve it,” said Malinoski. “We’re trying to find ways to enforce and encourage students to wear their IDs.”
One goal of the mandatory IDs is to make it easier for faculty and staff to deal with discipline problems regarding students they do not know personally. This applies to lunch monitors, study hall proctors and teachers overseeing the hallways between periods.
“Usually for my purposes it’s because there was an infraction and they don’t want to tell you who they are,” said study hall proctor Heather Clement. “That’s when they come in handy. It’s easier to find out who they are when they’re wearing their name.”
However, aside from issues like these, faculty rarely rely on IDs. Most only require hall passes for regular interactions.
“If they’re wearing it, it’s good for emergencies, more or less,” said lunch monitor Katie Sheaffer.
While IDs may not always be required by members of the staff, they can help with some problems. Sheaffer stated that the IDs can make it easier for her to identify students’ lost belongings and Clement explained that they help her learn names.
“This is my first year working in this school, so it’s been very beneficial for me to learn kids’ names because it’s a big school,” said Clement.
A key part of the ID policy is that student IDs must be visible on their person throughout the school day. Therefore, students keeping their IDs in book bags, hidden in pockets or underneath sweatshirts are not following the policy.
“If I don’t see them wearing their ID, if I ask them to put it on, they usually comply,” said Clement. “If it’s on their book bag, I’ll ask them to put it on their person. I haven’t had a lot of pushback; they’re usually pretty compliant.”
Three signs reading “IDs visible on you all day” are outside Spanish teacher Kellie Snyder’s room, on her door and in her room. They remind students to wear IDs and remind her to check that her students are following the policy every morning.
“I think it shows self-responsibility when kids just do it and it becomes a habit,” said Snyder. “After it becomes a habit, it’s not a big deal. Making it part of your routine, I think is what you need to do and for other teachers, [reminding students is] the same thing.”