NEISD students, parents react to safety changes for new school year

Clear backpacks part of new changes for middle, high school students

SAN ANTONIO – Carrying a backpack isn't anything new for North East Independent School District middle and high school students.

But this new school year, which began Monday, there's only one color allowed -- clear.

For Aayana Ragland, a senior at Legacy of Educational Excellence, formerly Lee High School, the clear backpack caused her a problem.

"I wasn't able to bring a binder because it wouldn't fit in here," she said. "A lot of us consider (clear backpacks) an invasion of privacy, and we think it isn't really solving anything." 

But other students, like Domnique Garza, aren't concerned about the new safety changes and are looking forward to a new school year. 

"I'm looking forward to being a senior. It doesn't matter about the school name or anything like that. Just be a student," Garza said.  

Parents who were dropping off their children at school weighed in on the changes. 

"You have to take every measure possible. They are the future. Whatever it takes, and sometimes they are not going to like it," a parent said. 

NEISD'S website shows examples of acceptable clear backpacks. 

On June 4, a letter was sent to parents explaining the new policies. (You can read it below).

NEISD Safety Letter by David Ibanez on Scribd

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