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New policy at school dances


At this year’s homecoming, Central students had to have their IDs scanned when entering the school, a change in policy from years past. However, this system was attempted before.

“The scanning was done two years ago and there were technical difficulties that did not allow us to use the machines.  The system is now hard-wired and can be used,” said Mrs. Kimm Dever, director of deans.

The scanning is meant for the security and safety of students at the dance.

“Scanning students in allows us to identify who we are missing if we had an emergency in the building,” Dever said.

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Overall, students agree that this is a good idea, and the minimal inconvenience at the door is worth it.

“I think it is good because it protects the safety of the students,” said Violet Kacergis, junior.

“Although it takes more time waiting in the long line, scanning IDs was a pretty smart idea, because it prevents kids from other schools sneaking in or anyone using IDs for double entry of students,” said Palak Chauhan, junior.

According to Dever, if a student does happen to forget their ID, they will still be admitted to the dance, they just have to give their ID number. While students believe that this is a common occurrence, they do acknowledge the additional disruption it creates.

“Even though students were reminded several times to bring their student ID, people will naturally forget on the already hectic day,” Chauhan said. “A student should definitely be let in at the dance by giving their ID number, it’s only fair, but it creates more disruption and increases wait time.”

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