South River, NJ bans traditional school backpacks and satchels

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:

South River School District

South River School District

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