By John Gardner
School has started where I teach. I completely support the logic behind my school’s strictly enforced “no back packs” rule. When I took a ‘personal day’ to visit another school for my fundraising business, it took me a while to notice what was bothering me — nearly every student was carrying a book bag, most of the back pack variety. Two different schools with different reasons. Without criticizing either, I’ll share a little about both.
NO BACKPACK SCHOOL.
In City (Small Town)
Students from City/County
Only school in the county
Students carry iPads in protective covers
RULE: Students may not carry back packs / book bags to classes or have them in the hallways. They may use them to transport materials to/from school, but are to place them in locker upon arrival and retrieve them after dismissal from last class.
REASON: Too easy to hide or transport unwanted or illegal items; mainly weapons or drugs.
In County (just north of small town)
Students from County (no city)
3 High Schools in County (2 rural, 1 city)
Students carry Macbook Airs
RULE: Students must transport school-provided Macbook Air laptops in a protected, student-provided manner – book bags and back packs recommended.
REASON: Computer protection during transport
What is YOUR school rule and reasoning?
Thanks for reading,