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Johnson City Schools: Science Hill students to receive ID badges

Brandon Paykamian • Updated Jan 6, 2019 at 11:41 AM

Students at Science Hill High School will be issued picture identification badges and a Science Hill lanyard when they return to school on Tuesday, Johnson City Schools announced Friday.

The badges will include the student’s name and will be color-coded to correspond with the student’s grade classification. Students will be responsible for displaying their IDs at all times on campus during the school day, according to a press release from the district.

”Implementing badges for Science Hill students has been a part of the overall school safety conversation, which included student feedback, for about a year. We’re excited to be able to roll this important component out at this time,” Science Hill Principal Todd Barnett said Friday.

The move is the latest in the district’s other moves toward increased school security. In the fall, Johnson City Schools received $228,760 from the state — $65,360 in recurring funds and $163,400 in non-recurring funds — for safety enhancements related to visitor management, behavioral and mental health positions and emergency planning.

School systems across the state submitted funding requests for specific safety needs in a security review of school facilities conducted by school officials and local law enforcement.

“We have cameras at all the schools now, but we have recently upgraded Science Hill, Liberty Bell and Topper Academy with our local funds. We’ll use the bulk of the one-time state funding for Indian Trail and all the other schools,” Johnson City Schools safety supervisor Greg Wallace explained in August.

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