• Dallas ISD implements clear backpack policy


    In our ongoing effort to ensure safer schools, Dallas ISD will require clear backpacks for all students in grades K-12. This requirement does not apply to pre-K students. 

    As an additional option, mesh backpacks will be acceptable, however clear ones are preferred. Students may carry a small, nonclear pouch in their backpack to hold personal items, such as cellphones, money, and hygiene products. To support families, each student will be provided a durable clear backpack at no cost. Parents may also purchase the preferred clear backpack, or the acceptable mesh backpack, for their students.

    A clear backpack policy alone does not ensure complete security. This proactive measure is just one of several updates to enhance student and campus safety. As a reminder, Dallas ISD’s Comprehensive Safety Plan is available at dallasisd.org/safety. We encourage everyone to visit the district’s website and social media channels for the latest updates.


  • Will the District be providing clear backpacks?

  • Can students use mesh backpacks?

  • Can students decorate or place stickers on their backpacks?

  • Does the clear backpack policy apply to all students?

  • What about PreK students?

  • Will students in extracurricular activities be allowed to use other types of bags or cases for their extracurricular items?

  • Will students be able to store personal items in a non-transparent pouch or small bag?

  • Do students have to have clear lunch bags or lunch boxes?

  • What happens if the clear backpack provided by the District is damaged or misplaced and can no longer be used?

  • Where can replacement backpacks be purchased?

  • Can the clear backpack have mesh pockets?

  • Can the front pocket of the clear backpack have a mesh organizer?

  • Will backpacks with padded backs be accepted?

  • Are transparent colored backpacks allowed?

  • Can the backpack have colored straps?