Keeping Students Safe: What keeps our students safe?
Nowhere can ID badges play a more important role than in helping to secure primary and secondary education campuses. Enacted alongside other security measures, a well-designed access control scheme for your school has been shown to lead to major reductions in theft, vandalism, and more serious crimes. Most importantly, comprehensive access control and ID badges play an important role in keeping unwanted and dangerous outsiders from entering school buildings and helping staff to quickly identify who belongs on campus and who does not. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, thefts on school property have, on-average, decreased by 68% in the last ten years while violent crime on school property has fallen by 60%. Driving the drop in violence is enhanced school security. In the past ten years, the number of schools regularly limiting access to campus buildings by locking and monitoring doors has increased from 74.6% to 91.7%. In 2000, 25.4% of staff and 3.9% of students were required to wear ID badges. In 2010, 62.9% of staff and 6.9% of students were required to wear ID badges.
Visible ID badges act similarly to uniforms. Easy visual identification serves as a deterrent from unsavory behavior as students know they can be quickly identified by school staff; even in a large crowd or chaotic situation. Many schools also use electronic ID badges to allow students and staff to make lunchroom purchases or indicate eligibility for free lunch. Additionally, badges may be used for quick library checkouts and for access to computer terminals. Campuses who implement these measures often see marked and rapid improvements in lunch lines and accounting efficiency with relation to student transactional systems. While implementing an ID badge system at your primary or secondary school is essential in today's learning environment, many schools and districts hesitate to purchase these systems because of their costs. However, the costs of system acquisition and implementation are often offset by increases in attendance accuracy and other efficiency improvements which allow many schools to receive additional funding.
Having better security means reducing the need for dedicated security staff and can free up administrators time to focus on process improvements related to learning, not discipline. Often, this results in a net financial gain for the school. Access control and ID badging of students and staff is a proven, cost effective way to increase the efficiency and safety of your primary or secondary education campus. Suggestions of arming students and staff carry many risks and few proven benefits. Improving the access control and security systems at a school is a safe and establish'ed way to not only protect students, but to increase the overall operational efficiency of the learning environment. [www.ultramagicard.com]
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