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SCCPSS board decides to not make any changes to book bag policy

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More than 38,000 students returned to school Wednesday in the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System.

The school board also returned. Their first meeting of the year included a proposal to make changes to the dress code policy.

The superintendent was looking to do away with mesh and clear book bags but many of the board members took issue with this.

The reason behind the proposed changes stemmed from some schools that allow students to bring technology to school - like iPads - to use in the classroom. The clear and mesh book bags do not provide enough padding and protection to those types of items.

Dr. Thomas Lockamy proposed changing the policy to allow students to bring any type of bookbag, but several board members spoke out against it – the district is leaving the policy as is for now.

"To me, it's a case issue – you get a protective case for the technology. My son has an iPad for his school and got a protective case and it's in his bag all the time. So I understand the concerns with technology but I still think school safety trumps that,” said Shawn Kachmar, District 4.

This was all about safety – even campus police were not comfortable about changing this policy. So again, the school board has decided not to make any changes to the book bag policy at least for now. 

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