Dallas Students Required To Use Clear Or Mesh Backpacks

Dallas students will be required to use clear or mesh backpacks when they return to school in the fall, according to district officials on Monday.

The Dallas Independent School District (ISD), Texas’ second largest, updated its website to require see-through backpacks for students in grades six through twelve. To carry personal items, a non-clear pouch will be permitted in the backpack.

After the deadly mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde in May, which killed 19 children and two adults, officials said the rule would make students safer.

Dallas ISD has stated that they will distribute free clear bags before the start of the school year in the fall.

“We acknowledge that clear or mesh backpacks alone will not eliminate safety concerns. This is merely one of several steps in the district’s comprehensive plan to better ensure student and staff safety,” officials wrote on the website.

The decision was made after the district gathered community feedback. The policy was also recommended by a school task force.

It is not a novel idea to require students to wear clear or mesh backpacks. After a gunman opened fire inside a high school in Parkland, Fla., in 2018, the Broward County school district mandated that students wear clear backpacks.

After a gunman killed four students and injured seven others at a local high school last year, Oxford, Mich., implemented a clear backpack rule for some students.

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