Texas School District to Require Clear or Mesh Backpacks, Limit Bag Size
The implementation of the small bag and clear backpack policies is intended to improve campus security.
In an effort to improve school security, the Ector County Independent School District (ISD) in Texas will limit the size of bags carried on campus and will only allow clear or mesh backpacks at its schools next year.
Students participating in athletic and fine arts programs will be able to leave their duffle bags in their locker rooms or rehearsal halls. Purses and bags will need to measure no more than 5 inches by 8 inches by 1 inch.
Books will be able to be stored in student lockers at district’s middle schools and high schools.
Ector ISD officials have begun notifying local retailers about the new backpack and bag requirements.
Some other districts around the nation have also banned non-clear backpacks.
Last summer, South River High School in New Jersey began requiring students to only use clear backpacks while in the hallways.
Two years ago, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, began requiring its students to only use clear backpacks. The move was prompted by the February 14, 2018 mass shooting on the campus.
Bulletproof backpacks have also grown in popularity. These backpacks have bulletproof inserts that are said to be able to stop multiple bullet rounds, although the effectiveness of these backpacks at preventing an injury or death from an active shooter is highly questionable.
Some institutions of higher education have implemented clear bag policies for their events. Beginning in the 2017 football season, all schools in the Southeastern Conference began prohibiting non-clear bags larger than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches at their stadiums. Other large Division I schools, as well as some high schools, have followed suit.