Iberia Parish School Board Changes Mind on April Clear Backpack Vote
May 08, 2018 10:49AM
● By Savannah Ludwig
The Iberia Parish School Board changed its vote on a requirement to require middle and high school students to carry clear or mesh book bags after several students pleaded their case at the board’s May 2 meeting.
Students brought with them quotes from the Bible and Benjamin Franklin, as well as demonstrations of clear bags that hid items using cutouts, arguing that those wishing to bring in illicit items would find creative ways to do so. The board also fielded comments from concerned parents and teachers.
According to the proposed addition, book bags and knapsacks must be mesh or see-through. Bags used for extracurricular activities such as athletics or band must be approved by school administrators and stored in a designated area. The same policy accounts for dress code and personal grooming policies.
The addition to the policy was approved at the April 16 meeting but did not allow comment prior to the vote, conflicting with a state law. The board voided the vote and brought the item into consideration.
Middle, high school students must carry clear backpacks, school board decides
Come the 2018-2019 school year, middle and high school students in Iberia Parish schools will be required to tote clear or mesh backpacks following a vote by the school board.
Officials described the rule as a safety measure for public schools.