GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- Students in Guilford County Schools would be required to wear ID badges every day under a new proposal.

Under the plan, students would swipe or scan their photo ID cards when entering and exiting school buildings and buses. It would also be used as their library card and for school lunch service.

Guilford County Schools Superintendent Sharon Contreras and Chief Operations Officer Scott McCully shared the idea at a School Board meeting Tuesday evening.

The program aims to enhance student safety and school security, according to Contreras and McCully.

According to the presentation, the project would cost approximately $587,000 to launch and an additional $175,000 each year to maintain.

All 73,000 students in the district would receive cards the first year. According to the proposal, in the first year, 25 schools in High Point would test swiping when getting on and off the school bus and when entering the school building. The plan would be to expand to the remaining schools in the district the following year.