Clear backpack policy

  • KISD will improve the safety measures currently in place by requiring all students in grades 6-12 to use clear backpacks beginning with the 2022-2023 school year. Students participating in extracurricular activities will be permitted to carry non-transparent bags to store items related to their particular activity (i.e. band, athletics, etc.). All extracurricular activity bags must be stored in lockers or designated areas upon entry into school. While we understand that clear bags are not going to prevent all safety threats; they may be a deterrent for students bringing any inappropriate items to school and will further enhance our multi-measured approach to increasing school safety.

    Clear bags and backpacks are just another safety measure in our comprehensive plan to increase safety and security in our schools as well as athletic and fine arts venues. KISD is also installing safety vestibules in schools, giving school personnel the ability to control who can access the building. We are also upgrading and increasing the number of surveillance cameras across the district.

    Although we are living in a difficult time requiring difficult decisions from school districts, we must continue to be vigilant to protect the safety of our students and staff. We ask for everyone’s patience, understanding, and support as we look at ways to modify our practices and procedures to enhance our campuses and keep our students and staff safe.

    To buy a clear backpack, visit https://www.kennedaleisd.net/buybackpack

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are clear totes, clear purses and transparent plastic bags allowed?

  • Are company or trademark logos allowed on the front of the backpack?

  • Are elementary students required to use clear backpacks?

  • Are lunch boxes permitted?

  • Are mesh backpacks allowed?

  • Are stripes allowed on the backpack?

  • Are students allowed to have a protective Chromebook case/sleeve in their backpack, or are they required to carry their Chromebook separately?

  • Are transparent colored backpacks allowed?

  • Can I line the inside of the backpack?

  • Can multiple non-transparent bags be carried in schools?

  • Can the backpack have colored straps?

  • Can the backpack have mesh pockets?

  • Can the front pocket of the backpack have a mesh organizer?

  • Is this an invasion of privacy?

  • What are the size specifications for the clear backpack?

  • Where do I purchase a clear backpack?

  • Will athletic/spirit bags and instrument cases, which are not clear, be allowed on campus?

  • Will backpacks with padded backs be accepted?

Last Modified on July 29, 2022