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School ID cards are more powerful than ever - in addition to being a photo ID for students and staff, these cards can now be used as library cards, lunch cards, manage printer credits, check out equipment, unlock doors, and more!

School ID Cards & Badges

School ID Cards & Badges

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School ID Cards

School ID cards are more powerful than ever - in addition to being a photo ID for students and staff, these cards can now be used as library cards, lunch cards, manage printer credits, check out equipment, unlock doors, and more!

School ID Cards & Badges

With so many exciting developments in the ID card industry, your student ID cards can be so much more than grainy photos on plastic. It's become increasingly affordable for schools on the tightest of budgets to create cards that can function as library cards, meal credit cards, and much more. Some educators have begun using their student ID badges to create merit-based rewards systems based on points, which award or retract certain privileges based on attendance, timeliness and grades.

For university students, student ID cards make great all-purpose campus cash cards. Many universities already implement magnetic stripe cards and smart cards for rec center, art studio and other access systems so that students enrolled in certain classes can access art studios, computer labs and more with a single swipe. This way, it is possible to track who is in a certain facility at any given time in case of theft, or simply to track use of a certain resource. Student ID cards can also function as library cards and equipment rental cards.

Things to Consider When Choosing a Student ID Card System

How many students are currently enrolled in your school?

If you expect to print hundreds of new cards every year, you'll need a card printer that has an automatic card feeder, called a hopper. This allows you to quickly and efficiently print large batches of cards without having to manually feed each card or stop to constantly reload cards.

Will you be using your cards for facility access, as financial credit cards, or both?

If you plan on using your cards as library cards and meal cards for K-12 students, a barcode may suffice. However, magnetic stripe or smart cards will give you the freedom to create rewards systems to reward good behavior, add information from class schedules to allergies to parental custody information.

What software will you use?

In addition to upgrading your printer and ID cards, does your card software do everything that you want? If it's old, hard to update, and doesn't have the newest features, you can save yourself time by updating your software too! Try something like AlphaCard School ID, available in multiple editions to work with school districts of all sizes.

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