Get Rid of Enforced Student IDs in AISD Schools

Get Rid of Enforced Student IDs in AISD Schools

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Cenna Noble started this petition to Superintendent Paul Cruz

Starting at the beginning of the second semester on January 7th, students are now required to wear their student ID around their necks on an AISD issued lanyard.  There have been many complaints about this new policy, but all teachers have said about it is to "take it to the school district."  So, that's what we're doing.  By signing this petition, you pledge your support to getting rid of this school ID policy.  In case you were on the fence about this topic, below is a list of reasons about why this policy should be removed.

It makes students feel like prisoners.  No child should have to feel like a prisoner in their own school.  With this policy, students are constantly being asked to show their ID to teachers, which leaves students feeling like they're not allowed to do anything without being identified.  Even something as simple as going to the bathroom can land you in trouble if you're not wearing your ID.

It doesn't stop anything it claims to.  We all know this policy has come about because of the recent school shootings in various schools around the country.  We've been consistently told by teachers that this policy is meant to keep both them and us safe, but realistically, this policy wouldn't stop any of that.  There are multiple entry points around the school, and at Anderson High School, only the front entrance has an officer guarding it.  Potential shooters could easily get in via any other entrance, and even then, the likelihood is that any shooter would be either a current student or an already graduated student, which means that they could get in either way.

It can cause sensory problems for students with neurodivergencies.  The fabric of the school issued lanyard can easily mess with certain students' senses.  For example, both autism and SPD (sensory processing disorder) can mean that a given student is unable to wear the lanyard without significant pain.  For some, even the sensation of anything around their neck is too much to handle.

There are better uses of everyone's time.  With this policy, teachers have to check everyone at the door of their classroom before the student is let in.  If the student doesn't have their ID, then they are sent down to the office to get a temporary ID, with more punishments added on the more you get sent down.  This prevent students from using their time to say, study for a test in that same period.  It also forces teachers to wait at their door for every student to enter, and also causes them to stop students in the halls to check their IDs.  On top of this, with the amount of students being issued temporary IDs, we are both wasting paper and the time of the office workers.

There are far better solutions.  One potential solution would be to set up officers at the different entrances and have the students show their ID to enter the building, like the system for leaving campus during lunch.  When students enter the classroom, the teacher already knows if that student is theirs, so what is the point of forcing students to wear the lanyards throughout the day, even during class?  This policy treats students as prisoners rather than what they are - students.

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