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All Leon County Schools will have 'no backpack' policy next week

All Leon County Schools will have 'no backpack' policy next week
All Leon County Schools will have 'no backpack' policy next week
Posted at 5:15 PM, May 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-25 13:52:25-04

LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - The Leon County School Board has issued a No-Backpack rule for the last week of school. 

It's a cooperative measure between the School Board, Leon County Sheriff's Office, and the Department of Safety and Security.

School administrators will enforce the backpack ban starting Tuesday.

The policy applies to all schools in the district. 

"The Parkland students were all given I guess clear backpacks and they're very upset about that about invasion of privacy. Which you know there's something to be said on both sides. Of course we want to protect our students but we also want them to feel like we're not invading their space," said Leon County Schools Superintendent Rocky Hanna. "Their backpack is kind of their space. And we're all very I think as a country and as a society very sensitive right now to school violence and school shooting." 

The backpack ban is also designed to prevent end of the year pranks. 

Students should have already returned the books they've used during the school term prior to taking their final exams. 

Purses and other small carry items are still permitted.


LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - All Leon County Schools will have a no backpack policy next week for the final week of school.  

LCS is initiating a district-wide "No Backpacks" for the final week of school.

LCS says a best practice review was conducted by the Leon County Sheriff's Office and the Department of Safety and Security related to backpacks and end of the school year activities.  

LCS says there are many benefits to this action and they hope to also keep out mischievous items that show up this time of year. 

LCS states the ban does not apply to purses and other small carry items.