But that's not the real reason backpacks are not allowed in the classroom. The issue is twofold:
- The classroom was not built to hold 20+ students in desks and 20+ backpacks in the walkways. In the event of an emergency, crowded isles can be a fire hazard.
- Similar to the potential fire exit hazard, the bags pose an incredible trip hazard for teachers and staff alike. On several occasions, I have had to regain my balance coming out of a row to help a student in another row.
This has always been a problem to some extent, but was brought to light within the first two days of school as several of our teachers and students were struggling to maneuver throughout the classrooms. Since enough teachers were concerned and vocal about the problem, we, as a staff, acted to prohibit backpacks from the classroom.
I know we all need some time to get adjusted to this new reality. Our suggestion is to tape a checklist on the inside of your locker containing the necessary items for each class throughout the day. Remember the verses we looked at as we started the school year:
Hebrews 12:1-2 (KJV)
1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin
which doth so easily beset [us], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.