1: The cost of a replacement ID. IDs get lost by irresponsible kids all the time and the school probably knows this and uses this opportunity for a juicy "fundraiser". No prointrainning, they are not bulletproof.
2: They are quite angry at the school board taken "reactive" and "superficial/punitive" actions towards current events. We can't just allow policies that are meant to make us "feel better" if they don't actually contribute to the solution. This was actually brought to attention by a psychology teacher to the students and the principal isn't very happy with him. Rumor has it he may get fired for encouraging student disorderly behavior.
He used to be my teacher in high school and I can say he's an intelligent man. And I completely agree with him, when something happens in the news, companies tend to instill policies that are meant to look like they're doing something. His argument is, if you can do something about it by all means do. If you can't then don't waste money by trying to look like you're doing something for publicity sakes.
3: The massive hassle associated with accidentally forgetting one's ID and being constantly asked to present ID when it's not visible for what ever reason, including falling off its lanyard due to wear and tear. (some high-quality plastic that is...)
4: The replacement ID costs are not paid upfront. That means, they don't ask you for $10 cash and if you can't pay you don't get a replacement ID. Instead, they charge it to your school account for you to pay later, like a credit card, and then at the end of quarter parents get a bill for it. We all know credit cards encourage reckless spending, and this led to some large bills for some parents, which led to many angry parents.
5: A general feeling of violation of privacy, a Police-stateness, and big-brotherness caused by the IDs.
Anyway in regards to a company, Most companies have name tags or IDs, especially ones in customer service. But then again you're getting paid to do what someone asks you to do.
But in a company setting, the police can't just threaten you with "obstruction of justice" When the "justice" you're obstructing is company policy not the law right?
But that's what they did to my sister and her classmates at school.
No, I'm not touching it. I mean, I'm Liberal myself, but I can't do this.
In order to promote the use and enforcement of ID in common areas, the cost of replacement must serve as a sufficient deterrent.
Boo-Hoo for the parents, tell them to teach their kids some responsibility for their possessions. Also, have the parents teach the kids responsible financial habits...that would have REALLY helped me my first thirteen years of adulthood.
I lean conservative and the conservative parents are angry at this as well. See my state is generally conservative (30% margin of victory for trump) and we have enough probably majority support among the parents for a pro-gun route to solve the "active shooter" problem. Many parent committees voiced that the only effective way to stop a school shooter is to have the school securities pack heat. Despite most likely having the majority of the community supporting this policy, the anti-gun school board implemented the ID policy instead and left many conservatives feeling like we got cheated out of a real solution and given a "fake" solution that is only meant to look like the board is trying to do something about it.
That is indeed one way to see the cost issue, but another way to see it is, this is an extra cost that just spurred out of nowhere. We didn't have this cost a year ago and nobody got shot back then.
I do understand the point of other benefits to ID though.
I don't see any practical use of school IDs for students. Students will lose them. And it doesn't stop a student from coming in with a weapon. It's like putting up gates to a community - plenty of ways to get around it and it gives one a false sense of security. ID cards are the same. Every school should only have one unlocked door during school hours and a vigilant visitors policy where parents / visitors must report and sign in to an office, preferably at a front door. If staff want to wear ID cards or name tags during the first week, I think it makes sense so that students can identify staff.