Dallas ISD middle and high school students will be required to use clear or mesh backpacks for the upcoming school year.
This decision stems from safety recommendations from the district’s Safety Task Force and Internal Task force using feedback from students, parents, and the community.
“We acknowledge that clear or mesh backpacks alone will not eliminate safety concerns,” the district’s website reads. “This is merely one of several steps in the district’s comprehensive plan to better ensure student and staff safety.”
Students will be allowed to carry a non-clear pouch (no larger than 5.5 inches by 8.5 inches) to hold personal items during the school day.
The district will provide a clear backpack for each secondary student before the start of the school year. Backpacks that do not adhere to the district’s new policy will be confiscated for a parent or guardian to pick up from the front office.
For more information regarding Dallas ISD’s new backpack policy, visit dallasisd.org/backpacks.