The South River School District is banning traditional backpacks, schoolbags and other equipment for transporting school materials to and from school at all grades.
In a letter to parents, Superintendent Sylvia Zircher called it “an additional measure to prevent contraband from entering our schools.”
The school will provide a transparent backpack for students to use free of charge.
Under the banner of school safety, South River High School has transitioned to mandatory see-through backpacks for the 2019-20 school year.
Zircher noted that “many other districts” have also taken similar steps as part of their safety protocols.
Students will be allowed to carry a small purse or purse for personal belongings, but it cannot exceed “half a sheet of paper”.
Lunch boxes may also be used, but are not permitted to be carried around the school. They must stay in a locker until lunch and return immediately after.
A copy of the letter is below:
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