Penn Hills High School students will be required to show identification when entering and exiting the building this coming school year.
The IDs will be required to be shown at regular morning drop-offs and afternoon pickups, during late arrivals, early dismissals and if questioned by staff during the school day.
Superintendent Nancy Hines said the procedural change is part of general safety improvements, and in response to two incidents last year during which students let in non-enrolled youths. One was a former student and the other was not a member of the district.
“They didn’t hurt anybody or damage anything,” Hines explained. “All we’re trying to do is be more careful given it’s a large building, and it’s hard to distinguish (students) when these individuals are looking the same and didn’t follow protocol of coming in the front door.”
Principal Eric Kostic said the IDs will be provided on the second day of school at no cost to the students or the district.
They will be made with the assistance of Lifetouch, the photography company used by the district for yearbook and other student-related photos.
The first day of classes is Sept. 4. The high school’s enrollment was 1,217 as of June 1.
Students who do not have IDs after they are issued will be given a temporary one by the district.
Hines said the procedure change only affects the high school but could be adopted at Linton Middle School and the elementary in the future.