District demands clear backpacks to thwart gun violence


In an effort to improve safety measures, Laurens County School District 55 will require all students to use see-through backpacks. The new policy, called “Safety Made Clear”, will take effect from the 2022-2023 school year. incidents we had last year with firearms on our campuses, we really looked at different ways to secure our buildings and facilities to make our students safer,” said Jody Penland, assistant superintendent of the school district 55 of Laurens County for student services. The district will also be implementing metal detectors and police dogs in the upcoming school year. “We are looking to ensure that all of our facilities are locked down,” Penland said. “Are our doors locked? Do we provide a safe environment for our students? » Tinted or colored clear bags will not be permitted, but bags may have colored straps. Small monograms and logos will also be allowed. She went on to say that it’s important that kids still have something to look forward to, because it’s all about showcasing their personality with a school bag. “Over the past two weeks, I’ve had between 160 and 180 binder orders,” Terry said. “A lot of kids don’t really understand what’s going on in our world and why we need to do it, so just give them a chance to create their own image.” Terry said she also has a child in Laurens District 55, and agrees with the idea of ​​taking steps toward safer learning environments. 55 will also be giving away free clear bags during a supply drive on August 1. Families will need to pre-register here.

In an effort to improve safety measures, Laurens County School District 55 will require all students to use see-through backpacks.

The new policy, called “Safety Made Clear”, will take effect from the 2022-2023 school year.

“After a few incidents last year with firearms on our campuses, we really looked at different ways to secure our buildings and facilities to make our students safer,” said County School District 55 assistant Jody Penland. by Laurens. superintendent of student services.

The district will also be implementing metal detectors and police dogs in the upcoming school year.

“We are looking to ensure that all of our facilities are locked down,” Penland said. “Are our doors locked? Do we provide a safe environment for our students? »

Tinted or colored clear bags will not be permitted, but bags may have colored straps.

Small privacy bags will be allowed inside each transparent backpack, but all bags can be searched.

Small monograms and logos will also be allowed.

Casey Terry owns a small printing and embroidery business in Laurens called Flip the tees. Terry said since the school made the announcement, she’s received dozens of orders for custom clear backpacks. She went on to say that it’s important that children always have something to look forward to, as it’s all about showing off their personality with a school bag.

“Over the past two weeks, I’ve had between 160 and 180 binder orders,” Terry said. “A lot of kids don’t really understand what’s going on in our world and why we need to do it, so just giving them the opportunity to create their own image.

Terry said she also has a child in Laurens District 55 and is okay with taking steps toward safer learning environments.

Laurens 55 said bags for the arts like band and bags for athletics will be allowed under certain conditions.

Stipulations, exceptions and answers to District FAQs can be found here.

Laurens 55 will also be giving away free clear bags at a supply drive on August 1st. Families will need to register in advance here.

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