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DISD requires clear or mesh backpacks for students, right in time for back-to-school

Photo Courtesy of DISD
Photo Courtesy of DISD

By Asia Nicole Alcorn

A lot has changed since the increase of school shootings.

Monday, July 18, Dallas district officials announced campus safety improvements.

According to the DISD website, all students in sixth through 12th grade must use clear or mesh backpacks, which will be distributed to each secondary student at the beginning of the school year.

However, they will be allowed to carry a non-clear pouch (5.5 inches by 8.5 inches) to hold cell phones, money and/or hygiene products.

The district understands this change won’t eliminate safety concerns, but it’s the first step to ensuring the safety of students and staff.

Time is running out. Are you scrambling to find supplies? Well, maybe you don’t have to! Here are a few back to school drive locations:

1. Back To School Community Festival by Not My Son

Saturday, August 13 at 10 a.m., located at J.P. Hawn Park, 2600 N St Augustine Rd Dallas, TX.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/back-to-school-community-festival-tickets-370468249507?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

2. Back To School Explosion by Emmanuel New Life Fellowship

Saturday, August 13 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., located at Emmanuel New Life Fellowship, 7903 Ferguson Road Dallas, TX.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/back-to-school-explosion-tickets-384773436707?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

3. Back To School Fair by St. Matthew Missionary Baptist Church

Saturday, August 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., located at St. Matthew Missionary Baptist Church, 5500 East Berry Street Fort Worth, TX.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/back-to-school-fair-tickets-379139214597?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

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