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SOUTH RIVER – A brand new process that limits South River Excessive Faculty college students to hold solely clear backpacks has been met with some opposition.

A message on the school district’s website says college students can carry an everyday backpack/bag to high school, but it surely must be stored of their locker. Belongings can solely be carried round in a transparent backpack/bag.

“That is certainly one of a number of security and safety upgrades/modifications we have now made since final college 12 months,” Superintendent of Faculties Sylvia Zircher mentioned in an electronic mail.

College students could have the choice of shopping for the see-through backpacks on the primary day of college for $12. 

An online petition, which had garnered about 700 signatures by Monday afternoon, was began by Saleem Nurallah. 

“Individuality and never being handled like prisoners in our highschool forcing us to purchase 12 greenback backpacks from the college or exit of our solution to change our common backpacks with clear one,” Nurrallah wrote on the petition. 

“I feel it’s ridiculous that us, the scholars, should be reprimanded and never allowed to carry a faculty pleasant factor that every one children carry to high school in each college: backpacks,” wrote “Okay Okay.” “No different college is doing this, so why ought to we? College students will probably be late to class struggling to get their objects for the following class. Ladies have to hold round female hygiene merchandise and different stuff which we supply in our luggage and we don’t need different folks to see and it’s none of their enterprise. Why ought to we be subjected to this absurd factor?” 

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Zircher mentioned the brand new backpack procedures are amongst “a number of security and safety upgrades/modifications we have now made since final college 12 months.”

“A few of these modifications embody, however are usually not restricted to, the partnership with our borough to put cops in every of our buildings,” she mentioned. “We’re additionally constructing a safety vestibule at our highschool this summer time.” 

To lighten their load, highschool college students are being supplied with a private, school-issued Chromebook system, Zircher mentioned.  

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The district is buying 750 laptops at a value of about $300 every, the superintendent mentioned.

“Lots of our textbooks present a web based model or on-line supplemental element, and these and plenty of different technology-based sources will now be simply out there to our college students to boost their studying alternatives,” she mentioned. “Incorporating expertise in studying is a greatest tutorial observe,”


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Purses for small private objects are allowed however might not exceed Eight-inches by 5.5-inches (the dimensions of a half sheet of paper). Small lunch bins are allowed. 

Susan Loyer covers Middlesex County and extra for the USA TODAY NETWORK New Jersey. Contact her at 732-565-7243 or

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