School district plans for clear backpacks
The Eureka Springs School District will require students to bring clear backpacks to school beginning in the 2021-2022 school year.
Superintendent Bryan Pruitt said the clear backpack policy is district-wide and meant to keep everyone at the school safe. According to a post on the Eureka Springs Schools Facebook page, students are issued Chromebooks at school so there are minimal items needed to go to and from the building should a student choose not to carry a backpack.
All school supplies are provided and will be in the classroom, the post says.
Mesh backpacks will be acceptable, Pruitt said, and girls can have a covered bag in their backpack for privacy.
“That’s not an issue, no problem at all,” Pruitt said.
Pruitt said he hopes no one ever brings a weapon to school.
“Hopefully, this will lessen that chance,” he said.