Alachua County School District Rescinds Clear Backpack Rule After Parent Backlash

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) — A day after announcing that see-through backpacks will be required for middle and high school students, Alachua County Public Schools is eliminating the rule.

School district officials worked with law enforcement to create the rule following recent mass shootings, including the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, Texas. This was announced on Monday and on Tuesday afternoon an email was sent to parents reversing the rule.

The email states, “After hearing from families about the potential impact of a clear backpack requirement for middle and high school students, the district will NOT be moving forward with the requirement for the 2022-23 school year.”

Alachua County School Board Member Leonnetta Mcneally confirmed that the district is working with the confirmed Alachua County Sheriff’s Office to decide future policies.

The policy change follows a petition asking the school board to rescind the policy.

“Families have shared with me and board members very strong concerns about the use of see-through backpacks,” Superintendent Shane Andrew said. “I have spoken with council members individually, with Chief Scott of the GPD (Gainesville Police Department) and with Sheriff Watson of the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, and they agree that we should spend more time to discuss this and other security proposals.”

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