STUDENT HANDBOOK 2019-2020:
In an effort to improve the safety measures currently in place, BCISD requires all students to use clear backpacks. Clear backpacks must be a solid color.
Students participating in an extracurricular activity are permitted to carry non-transparent bags to store items pertaining to their particular activity (i.e. band, athletics, dance etc.). Upon entry into the school, all extracurricular activity bags must be stored in lockers or designated areas.
Additionally, the maximum size for non-transparent bags that students will be permitted to carry during the school day such as lunch kits, pencil bags and purses, will be 6” x 9”.
All bags are subject to search.
Clear backpack FAQ's
Q: What are the size specifications for the clear backpack?
A: There are no size specifications for the clear backpack.
Q: Are mesh backpacks allowed (see example)?
A: No. Mesh backpacks are not allowed. Students are permitted to only use clear backpacks.
Q: May the backpack have mesh pockets?
A: Yes. Mesh side pockets are allowed on the backpack (see example).
Q: Will backpacks with padded backs be accepted?
A: No. Backpack must have clear visibility through all dimensions excluding the backpack bottom.
Q: Are transparent colored backpacks allowed?
A. Yes. Colored, transparent backpacks are allowed (see example).
Q: Are stripes allowed on the backpack?
A: No. Stripes in any location are not allowed on the backpack.
Q: May the backpack have colored straps?
A. Yes. The backpack may have colored straps (see example).
Q: Are leather reinforcements on the corners of the backpacks allowed?
A: Yes. Leather reinforcements on the corners are permitted (see example).
Q: Are company or trademark logos allowed on the front of the backpack?
A: Yes. Small company and school logos are allowed (see example), in addition to small monograms, but large logos, monograms or other visual design obstructions are not. Any logos or monograms must not obstruct the view into the backpack.
Q: Will athletic/spirit bags and instrument cases, which are not clear, be allowed on campus?
A: 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.
Q: Are lunch kits permitted?
A: Yes. Non-transparent lunch kits no larger than approximately 6” x 9” x 5” (see examples) are permitted to be carried.
Q: May multiple 6” x 9” bags be carried in schools?
A: Yes. Students must limit non-transparent 6” x 9” bags (lunch kits, purses, pouches) to two bags (see examples), regardless of whether they are carried inside or outside the backpack.
Q: Are clear totes, clear purses and transparent plastic bags allowed?
A: Yes. Clear totes, purses and bags are allowed.
Q: May I line the inside of the backpack?
A: No. Fabric, wallpaper or any other material that conceals the contents of the backpack is not permitted.
Q: What about students that must carry medical items/equipment to school?
A: An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection