Schools are perceived by parents to have some of the most inept security precautions especially with regards to child abductions. The reason for this is that most school administrators and staff are not aware of custody battles between the parents. Sometimes these school administrators are the last to know since most parents do not want to admit that they are going through a divorce. Custody battles may not be seen as relevant but can be perceived by school administrators as a school security risk, especially for primary schools.
One of the most effective way to minimize a security risk is to implementthe use of ID badges on ID lanyards not only for visitors but for the students and staff members as well. The ID can be also used to reveal whether the staff member is currently working for the school since some schools administrators do not require their previous employees to surrender their IDs. Any staff member without a valid ID badge can be refused entry to any part of the school. The reason for this is that school administrators want to make sure that each individual inside the school has a legitimate purpose – understandable given a high staff turnover.
Even though custody battles is perceived to be one of the reasons for child abductions in schools, child molesters are a bigger threat. The worst fear of school administrators is to tell a parent that their child is missing or taken from the school especially when a strict security protocol is in place. Students can be considered as another form of security since they can be taught to prevent the incidence of child abductions. Students can tell a teacher or staff member about any unauthorized individuals especially those not wearing a visitor badge on ID lanyards.
Wearing their ID on ID lanyards creates a feeling of unity for the students and staff members since they can immediately detect strangers in their midst. Even the parents of the students can be considered as a threat by the children or a staff member,especially when they are not wearing a visitor badge. Any individual not wearing a valid ID badge and perceived to be a potential threat is removed by security personnel and staff members. This security layer minimizes the chance that children will not be forcibly taken by warring parents or strangers from the school premises.
Teachers unions may not initially welcome the use of security badges especially within the school premises since they may consider it demeaning. Teachers may request the school administrator to have their own unique ID badge design so that the teachers are distinguished from other staff members. The added value of using distinctive ID badges on school ID lanyards is that unauthorized persons in the school are easily detected.
Some schools have already implemented an automated ID card reader especially in a school with a significant number of students. Some school administrators consider the automated card reader to be a cheaper alternative when compared to hiring a number of security personnel. But this this is not a foolproof security approach since the automated ID card reader can be bypassed by an individual with malicious intent. Any unauthorized individual can avoid detection by using the ID badge of the teachers or staff member. Most children assume that any adult with an ID badge on ID lanyards are either teachers or staff members and may not be on guard.
To prevent security problems, school administrators need to hire security personnel so that they can easily check the validity of the ID badge and the person wearing it.