Second year of Lee County High School’s Clear Backpack Policy
(LEESBURG, Ga)- With Lee County schools back in session, it’s the second school year for the county’s Clear Bag Policy for high school students.
It’s common for clear bag policies to be in place for large events, but with recent school altercations across the country, measures needed to be taken.
Ninth Grade Campus Principal, Ginger Lawrence tells us, “We started this policy last year because student safety is of the utmost concern. With the different issues taking place around the country, we thought this was one way we could help to keep our kids safe.”
As of 2018, all students from ninth grade and higher are required to use clear backpacks when attending high school.
Principal Lawrence says the move was originally met with some pushback from the community over the students not being able to express themselves.
“It was met with some resistance when we first started it. But now with the second year started, people have gotten in the routine, they’ve expected it and adapted to the policy well,” says Lawrence.
However, the student’s safety is still naturally one of the top priorities for high school staff.
Principal Lawrence says, “Whether its clear backpacks, or we have new safety systems at every front door, they want their students to feel safe. And they know they can perform better in a safe environent.”
The Clear Backpack Policy does not affect students below the ninth grade level.