Springdale High Students Start Wearing ID Badges Thursday

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SPRINGDALE (KFSM) -- Starting Thursday (Oct. 22), all Springdale High School students will be required to wear student identification cards.

The other two high schools, Har-Ber and the School of Innovation implemented the new policy at the beginning of this school year.

Springdale School District Spokesman Rick Schaeffer said starting this week, all 4,500 sophomores, juniors and seniors in the district will be required to have their IDs visible at all times.

"When you're in schools this large, you have a lot of teachers that obviously never teach some of the kids that are in the school," Schaeffer said. "They see that badge and they immediately know that that's a student that belongs here."

Schaeffer said the students are issued IDs at the beginning of every school year, but now have been given lanyards so the badge can be visible at all times. He said there are penalties for students who don't wear them.

"If you're not wearing your badge, you get a detention and that's to say this is an important thing and you need to be wearing it," Schaeffer said.

If the ID is lost, students will have to pay a small fee to have it replaced.