Mission CISD to require clear or mesh backpacks for safety reasons

Mission, Texas- Mission Consolidated Independent School District (CISD) has plans to complete the transition of requiring students to use clear or mesh backpacks as they start the 2022-2023 school year. The district had started to encourage the use of clear backpacks in the elementary schools this spring semester. 

“We provided clear backpacks to our elementary students during the spring semester and encouraged their use,” explained Dr. Carol G. Perez, superintendent. “We are hoping most of those families will be able to continue to use those backpacks as the new school year begins since they were only used for a couple of months. We know this will also save families on back-to-school expenses.”

District officials say supply issues delayed the arrival of mesh backpacks for junior high and high school students. Those shipments are arriving now and the district will be able to provide all junior high and high school students with a mesh backpack to start the new school year. As back-to-school sales begin, district officials wanted parents to know that students would be required to use a clear or mesh backpack as they start their shopping and planning.

The move to clear and mesh backpacks started this past spring and is being done as an added security measure. “We work on safety and security improvements every year,” said Dr. Perez. “Some of those improvements are more visible than others, especially as they impact how we go about our school day. We are currently looking at lessons learned from more recent events to make adjustments to what we will implement this coming school year.”

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