Backpack Policy FAQ

Updated: April 27, 2023                                                                       

What is Flint Community Schools’ backpack policy?

Effective Monday, May 1, scholars districtwide will not be allowed to bring backpacks into Flint Community Schools’ buildings. This policy will be in place through the remainder of the school year. Small purses with personal items (i.e., hygiene products, wallets, keys, phone, etc.), clear plastic bags with gym clothes and lunchboxes will be allowed within reason. These bags will still be subject to search.

What happens if a scholar brings a backpack to school?

If a scholar brings a backpack to school, they will be sent to the office where they will need to call a parent or guardian to pick up their belongings. The office will not hold this property.

What is considered a small purse?

Dimensions should not exceed 7.7 x 5.9 x 2.8 inches.

Are lunchboxes allowed?

Yes, lunchboxes are allowed.

How should my scholar bring their gym clothes or gear for athletics?

Gym clothes can be brought in clear plastic bags and are subject to search. Scholar-athletes will need to drop their equipment off at the front office, where it will be held until the end of the day. They will not be able to access it during the day.

What buildings or grades does this impact?

This is a districtwide policy, effective at all buildings and grade levels.

Why is the district implementing this policy?

Across the country, we have seen an increase in threatening behavior and contraband, including weapons, being brought into schools at all levels. Backpacks make it easier for students to hide weapons, which can be disassembled and harder to identify or hidden in pockets, inside books or under other items. By banning backpacks altogether and adding an increased security presence across the district, we can better control what is being brought into our buildings.

What about clear backpacks?

The Flint Board of Education did not approve the use of clear backpacks, as this alternative does not completely fix this issue. Weapons can still easily be hidden in clear backpacks.

What was the process to make this decision?

This policy has been approved by the Flint Board of Education, the district’s administration and principals, with support from the Flint Police Department and other safety advocates. We have thought long and hard about this decision, knowing that it will impact how scholars and families prepare for their days and operations in the classroom. However, based on the issues we continue to see across the country regarding school safety, we believe that this is the best solution at this time for those we serve.