December 1, 2005
by David Fuller
Americus -- Some Sumter County High School students are starting class a little late today. About 200 students came to school without their ID cards and were sent to the gym until cards could be issued to them.
Principal Tony Overstreet said announcements were made every day during November that December first would be the deadline for securing ID cards. He said signs were posted throughout the school, reminding students of the deadline.
Overstreet said IDs are being issued, and the three dollar per card cost is being charged to the students' school accounts, which must be settled before graduation.
He said the school covers several city blocks, and the ID cards provide security, assuring that the only people on campus are students, faculty, staff and authorized visitors.
The cards are also scanned in the lunchroom to speed up the line, and students use the cards to check out material from the library.
Overstreet said the students' original ID cards were issued free, but replacements must be paid for.
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