Local businesses are giving Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students incentives to wear their identification badges in school and keep track of the badges out of school by providing discounts for services and products. CCPS began issuing student identification badges during the 2018-19 school year as part of a safety and security pilot program intended to enhance school security. The program started with three schools and extended this school year to all high schools and five middle and elementary schools. Next school year, CCPS will require students at all schools to wear ID badges. Student ID badges, said Jason Stoddard, director of school safety and security, keep students and staff safer while they are at school. ID badges help students and staff tell at a glance who does or does not belong in the school. All CCPS staff members already wear employee identification badges. “In case of an emergency, it is imperative we be able to identify both students and staff in a timely manner,” Stoddard said. Schools provide a number of benefits to students for wearing their badges, including checking out library books and paying for school meals. Stoddard said results from the three pilot schools were positive, and […]
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