School district plans for clear backpacks

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

The Eureka Springs School District will require students to bring clear backpacks to school beginning in the 2021-2022 school year.

Bryan Pruitt

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.

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