Miller Grove ISD has implemented a clear-backpack policy for the upcoming school year. All students will need clear backpacks if they choose to have one at school. These type of backpack policies have become more normal since the Florida school shooting. Below is an explanation of the policy from MGISD’s website.
All students will need clear backpacks if they choose to have one at school.
CLEAR BACKPACK FAQ:
Are elementary students required to use clear backpacks?
Yes, the policy is in place for all Miller Grove ISD students.
- Are mesh backpacks allowed?
No. Mesh backpacks are not allowed. Students are permitted to only use clear backpacks.
- Can the backpack have mesh pockets?
Yes. Mesh side pockets are allowed on the backpack (see example).
- Will backpacks with padded backs (see example) be accepted?
- Are transparent colored backpacks allowed?
No. Colored, transparent backpacks are not allowed (see example). Only fully clear backpacks.
- Are stripes allowed to be on the backpack?
No. Stripes in any location are not allowed on the backpack.
- Can the backpack have colored straps?
Yes. The backpack may have colored straps.
- Can multiple 6×9 bags be carried in schools?
No, students will be asked to limit belongings carried outside of backpacks to one 6×9 purse or similar bag.
- Are leather reinforcements on the corners of the backpacks allowed?
Yes, leather reinforcements on the corners are permitted.
- Are company or trademarked logos allowed on the front of the backpack?
Small company logos are allowed, but large logos, monograms or other visual design obstructions are only allowed for students in grades PK-5.
- Will athletic/spirit bags and instrument cases, which are not clear, be allowed on campus?
Yes. However, these bags must be stored as soon as the student arrives at school. They must be placed in lockers or secured in Fine Arts classrooms or athletic locker rooms as designated by their instructors.
- Are lunch boxes permitted?
Yes, non-clear lunch boxes are permitted to be carried within the backpacks.
- Are students allowed to have laptop sleeves in their backpack, or are they required to carry the laptop sleeve separately?
Yes, laptop sleeves will be permitted in backpacks.
- What are the size specifications for the backpack?
There are no size specifications.
- But isn’t this an invasion of privacy?
We understand the concern with the privacy of certain items contained within backpacks. Students will be permitted to carry such items in a small makeup pouch within the backpack or a small purse, sized 6 inches by 9 inches.