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2022-2023 Clear Backpack Policy

To improve safety measures currently in place, Pin Oak MS will require all students to use clear backpacks for the upcoming school year.  Students participating in an extracurricular activity are permitted to carry non-transparent bags to store items pertaining to their particular activity (i.e. athletics, band, etc.). Upon entry into school, all extracurricular activity bags must be stored in lockers or designated areas (not classrooms). All bags are subject to search.  Small non-transparent bags no larger than 4”x4” will be allowed for personal items inside the backpack.  

Additionally, the maximum size for non-transparent bags permitted to carry during the school day, such as lunch kits and purses, will be 6”x9”x5”. 




Can the backpacks be mesh?

Mesh backpacks are not allowed.

Will backpacks with padded backs be accepted?

The backpack must have clear visibility through all dimensions excluding the bottom of the backpack.

Are transparent-colored backpacks allowed?

Yes.  Colored, transparent backpacks are allowed.  Designs or any graphics hindering visibility are not allowed. 


Can the backpack have colored straps?

Yes.  The backpack may have colored straps.


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

Yes, however, these bags must be stored as soon as the student arrives at school. They must be placed in lockers or secured in fine arts classrooms or athletic locker rooms as designated by school instructors.  


Are lunch kits permitted? 

Yes.  Non-transparent lunch kits no larger than approximately  6”x9”x5” are permitted to be carried.


What about students that must carry medical items/equipment to school? 

School administrators will make exceptions for medically necessary items on a case-by-case basis. 


Can the clear backpacks have mesh pockets?

Yes, mesh side pockets are allowed on clear backpacks. 


Can multiple 6” x 9” bags be carried in schools? 

Yes.  Students must limit non-transparent bags (lunch kits, purses, pouches) to two bags.