Brownsville ISD now requiring clear, transparent backpacks
The sound of a school bell and lockers mark the beginning of a new school year.
This year, Brownsville Independent School District has implemented a new backpack policy that will affect the type of bags students take to class.
The new policy goes into effect Aug. 20— affecting all students within the school district.
"It's required that we have those clear backpacks or mesh backpacks," said Brownsville ISD police Chief Oscar Garcia. " [It] just creates a safer environment for all."
Chief Garcia says not only do these backpacks help ensure the safety and the well-being of students on campus, but it helps parents know what's inside of them.
"It's extremely important that we know what's in that backpack," Garcia added. "Are they books, homework, assignments, lunch bag—whatever. I think its important we assist the overall school safety on every campus and that's just a another layer of security."
Garcia says the new policy sends a message to parents about the importance of creating a safe environment for students.
Parents like Karla Saabadra agree.
"I feel safer. The kids have more security. The administrators are able to see instead of having to physically go in there and check their backpacks," Saabadra said.
According to the school district, the policy also applies to waist packs and purse packs. Those who fail to follow the new regulation will face disciplinary consequences.