Student, Staff, Faculty ID Cards
Among the list of strategies promoted
by the National Crime Prevention Council
(NCPC) is one entitled, Student, Staff and
Visitor ID Cards. The council says that
“Identification cards for students, faculty,
staff and visitors increase the visibility of
individuals who do not belong in the school
building and make the facility safer for all
who use it.”
The strategies goes on to state that an
identification card system, particularly when
combined with access control procedures,
deters individuals with no legitimate business
in the school from attempting to enter
the building and reduces opportunities for
on-campus crimes, violence and drug dealing
by unauthorized outsiders.
The council suggests that schools using
identification cards issue them to students
and staff at the beginning of the school year.
Students, faculty and staff should be required
to display valid identification cards to
enter the building. They also suggest colorcoding
the IDs to differentiate between
student classes, and between faculty and
staff, and that the cards be worn throughout
the day by everyone in the school building.
In addition, the council recommends that
he visitor ID cards be larger than any other,
making them noticeable and distinctive
from those worn by students and staff.
The strategy states that visitors should
be issued temporary identification cards
after showing a driver’s license and signing
in as they enter the building. Signs should be
placed at the main entrances to notify visitors
that identification is required to enter
the school building. Each school in a district
using the identification system needs to
have a distinct card to reduce the likelihood
that students or staff from other facilities
could enter without authorization.
For more information about the National
Crime Prevention Council’s strategies, visit
This article originally appeared in the April 2017 issue of School Planning & Management.