Albany -- When Dougherty County High School students return from spring break, they'll be required to wear new ID badges during the school day.
When students in grades 9 through 12 return to school April 9th, they will be issued a photo identification badge to be worn at all times while at school.
The Dougherty County Schools say it's a priority to create a safe school environment. "Help us to make sure there are no outside people coming in on campus, if we have badges then we know these are our students and that they belong here and if somebody doesn't have a badge then we'll question that person," says Deputy Superintendent Carlos Keith, Sr.
All students in the Dougherty County School System will be issued badges starting next school year. The district says starting with the high school students this year given them a chance to iron out any problems for next school year. Eventually the ID's could be tied into buying school lunches or keeping attendance.