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Districtwide Clear/Mesh Backpack Requirement

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: 


For more information on the district’s new clear backpack requirement, and to review the frequently asked questions list, click here.

Clear or mesh backpacks

Typhani Bartholomew