By Nathan Rolls and Paige Mathieu
The days of backpack prohibition are finally gone. New for the 2016-2017 school year, students are allowed to carry their books and materials through the convenience of a backpack. Backpacks have been used for decades, and it’s about time Salisbury High School hops onto the bandwagon. Students are thoroughly pleased with this new rule, as they can now keep themselves more organized and better prepared for school. The backpack is a necessity for successful, thriving students.
Teachers’ opinions vary on the new backpack policy. One teacher even stated that they should have implemented this policy years ago. However, they are excited to see that students are visiting their lockers less frequently during class. When first considering the new backpack policies, teachers were concerned that the backpacks would block pathways in the classrooms, as well as in the hallways. This raised issues when certain drills came into effect, such as fire drills, intruder drills, and extreme weather drills. As the school year continues, teachers say that their concerns seem to be diminishing. After a few weeks of thinking of solutions to combat the issue of space, teachers realized that backpacks could easily fit onto something every classroom has, a chair.
Students are also taking advantage of the new policy. Of the students interviewed, all of them are using their backpacks on a daily basis. They say that it is not only more convenient, but also that they feel more prepared for class. The demand to visit lockers because of forgotten materials seems to be less needed, as most students only leave a few textbooks, their lunch, a gym bag, or a sports bag in their personal locker. All students know, that while it is only September still, teachers will start assigning a plethora of homework. One student states that carrying their backpack makes them feel more organized, and grants them the ability to carry all of the work that teachers request.
Salisbury High School is hoping to keep the backpack policy in place for years to come. However, this year is the trial year, so students should make sure to follow all of the backpack rules, so that they can continue to carry their supplies with ease.