The Dallas Independent School District, the second largest in Texas, will require students to wear transparent or mesh backpacks to school in the wake of the Uvalde school shooting.
Students in grades 6 through 12 will be required to wear transparent backpacks from the 2022-2023 school year to “ensure that prohibited items do not become part of student belongings”. the district said Monday.
“See-through or mesh backpacks will also expedite students’ entry to school early in the day, as opening and inspecting each backpack may not be necessary,” he said. declared.
However, student bags may still be searched at the discretion of staff.
The bags must be completely transparent and have no colored tint. Junior high school bags must not exceed 12 inches wide by 16.5 inches high and 5 inches deep, while high school student bags must not exceed 13 inches wide by 17.5 inches high and 6.5 inches deep.
Students can carry a small, non-transparent pouch in their backpack to store personal items, such as cash, cellphones and hygiene items, the statement said.
The district will provide a see-through backpack to students before the start of the year. Those who don’t pick one up by the first day of school will receive one, and their old backpacks will be stored in the main offices of schools across the district until a parent or guardian can pick it up.
The decision was made through a survey of parents and students, as well as the district’s internal and external safety task forces, which are made up of “principals, teachers, safety professionals, parents and community members,” the district said.
“We recognize that requiring clear or mesh backpacks alone will not eliminate all security concerns,” he said. “Improving school safety will require multiple measures to make our schools as safe as possible.”
Nearly two months ago, an 18-year-old gunman walked into Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, and opened fire, killing 19 students and two teachers.
A recently released report by the Texas House of Representatives found that “‘systemic failures and extremely poor decision-making’ by law enforcement and school officials failed to stop the shooter.
Hundreds of law enforcement officials prioritized their own safety over the lives of students and teachers that day as they waited more than an hour to confront the gunman, the report said. .