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All Students, Even Pre-K, Would Be Required To Wear Photo ID Badges…



BOCA RATON, FL ( (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — A proposal set for the next Palm Beach County School Board meeting requires all students in Palm Beach County public schools, including students in pre-Kindergarten, to wear a photo ID badge.

According to a document obtained by, and published below, the proposed policy is designed to “have a District-wide consistent ID badge utilized by all Palm Beach County students… All students (pre-K through 12th) are required to have their current School District issued ID badge displayed anytime while on District property. When deemed appropriate by school administration, ID badges may be required at school-sponsored events and while being transported on District buses or other district sponsored, hired or operated vehicles.

From the proposed policy: “Student ID badges will be provided by the student’s school and remain School District property at all times. Consistent with 20 U.S.C Section 1232g and 34 CFR Sections 99.30 and 99.37, ID badges may display the student’s current school, name/preferred name as reflected in the SIS System, photo and School District issued student number. Notwithstanding Board Policy 5.50, parental consent is not required to display the above- referenced directory information on the student’s ID badge.”

There appears to be no language in the policy relating to the safety of pre-Kindergarten students wearing an ID around their necks or whether teachers will be required to spend their days controlling students who want to play with, eat, or color their District-issued identification cards. It’s also unclear what fines, penalties, or sanctions parents could face if their pre-K child loses the identification card.



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