• Lancaster ISD to Require all students to carry clear or mesh backpacks for the 2022-2023 School Year

    This summer, our district met to review our safety and security protocols and emergency management procedures thoroughly. As a result of these meetings, several safety and security enhancements will take place this school year. One safety enhancement will require all Lancaster ISD students to carry a clear or mesh backpack. This decision is a preventive safety and security measure, and all students who attend Lancaster ISD must adhere to this requirement.

    Backpacks must be clear or mesh, and students may carry a non-clear pouch no larger than 5.5 inches by 8.5 inches to hold personal items, such as cellphones, money, and hygiene products. The plastic for the clear backpacks should be transparent. The backpack's straps may be a solid color. There are no size requirements for clear or mesh backpacks.

    It will be the parent's responsibility to ensure their child(ren) has the required clear or mesh backpack before the start of school on August 15, 2022. In addition, Lancaster ISD will be doing a limited number of clear backpack giveaways to Lancaster ISD students during the district's Back to School Bash on Saturday, August 13, 2022. Students must be present to receive a backpack. Click here for more information about the upcoming Back to School Bash.

    Below is a list of retailers where clear or mesh backpacks can be purchased: 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why is Lancaster ISD switching to a clear/mesh backpack requirement?

  • Is Lancaster ISD providing a clear backpack for all students?

  • What if my student's backpack is lost, broken, or stolen?

  • What if my student brings a non-clear or non-mesh backpack to school?

  • Can school administrators search my student's clear backpack?

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

  • Are lunch boxes permitted?

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

  • Will backpacks with padded backs be accepted?

  • Are transparent colored backpacks allowed?

  • Is there a color requirement for mesh backpacks?

  • What about makeup bags or small purses?

  • Where can I purchase a clear or mesh backpack?