GHS students may be wearing lanyards in 2019-2020

Students might be required to wear color-coded lanyards next year.

“Because of PowerHour and we allow kid to go everywhere, it’s really hard to know who is who if we are requiring them to be in this required PowerHour or detention. So, that is why we would like to have them,” Mrs. Karen Bush, assistant principal, said. “For security sake, it’s nice to know that when kids walk in – and any teenager can walk in here; I don’t know by face all 1200 kids – but if you require this and you don’t have a lanyard, most likely you don’t belong to this school.”

Lanyards would both identify the grade of the student and carry personal identification

“That could serve many purposes. One would be the identification of the students; with over 1200 students in the building, it would allow our staff and other students to identify that a student is from Greenwood High School,” Mr. Craig Bruns, assistant principal, said. “The identification card could be used for multiple reasons as well, whether that is signing in or out of the building or in and out of the Guidance Office, checking out library books, being used to record attendance, and then detentions and required PowerHours. Perhaps, even to purchase lunch one day.”

The principal of Cathedral High school has some of the same reasons for using lanyards.

“The number one purpose for us is safety,” Mr. Dave Worland, said. “We think that every student and every adult, anyone who attends here, should have a piece of evidence on them that would be able to recognize and notify and be able to assist them at any time.”

C9 students are required to wear lanyards to identify where a student is coming from. A C9 student shared her thoughts.

“Well it’s not as bad as people say it is,” junior Kaytlyn Bates said. ”They can be pretty annoying to wear, but it’s also good to know who is coming to our school. If they see that you have your lanyard on, they know that you’re coming here for C9. They won’t let you in the school without them.”

Punishments for not wearing the lanyards are already being discussed.

“If you don’t wear them, it will probably be detention or C9 won’t let them in the building.” Mrs. Bush said. “We are just in the talking stage. This is not in stone.”

Administration understands students will need to adjust.

“You don’t have a rule without having a consequence going with it,” Mr. Bruns said. “Now, the introduction of any type of new rule there is a learning curve that takes a while for students and staff to adjust to. But yes, you would absolutely have to have some type of consequence eventually to encourage students into following that rule.”

There are solutions for problems like losing a lanyard of having one stolen. This is Cathedral’s solution.

“Just this morning, I was leaving our liturgy, and I stepped out into the hallway and saw a card laying on the floor. I picked it up and go to the P.A, and in two minutes, she was down to pick it up. That’s the good news,” Mr. Worland said. “If it’s lost and it hasn’t been found yet and they think that it’s probably going to be found because they have volleyball practice and left it in the locker room, we give the students a temporary lanyard. It’s a red one; it says ‘I lost my lanyard.”

The lanyards will be color-coded based on the classes.

“I would like seniors in one color, juniors one color, sophomores and freshmen,” Mrs. Bush said. “So if I say freshmen aren’t allowed in the locker bank, I would look at their lanyard and know ‘oh you’re a freshman you need to be in the cafeteria.”

Along with the lanyards, identification cards are also color-coded.

“This year identification card are by color by grade, so we can identify who is a freshman and who is a sophomore and so on,” Mr. Bruns said. “This just allows us to identify quickly students that attend this school and what grade that they are in.”

Administration is considering, using the same color-coding system as they do for Spirit Week.

“That is a possibility. Obviously, this would being the first year we looked at color-coding identification cards; we haven’t gotten there,” Mr. Bruns said. “But yeah, if it was a Spirit Day powderpuff color that’d be a nice common theme to keep those four years of high school.”

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