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Students must use clear totes, plastic bags following high school's backpack ban

DOUGLAS, Ariz. (WSBT) -- A school in Arizona is effectively outlawing backpacks and instead asking that students carry clear totes.

Douglas Unified School District #27 issued a memo about the new policy that requires students to use clear totes or one-gallon plastic storage bags. They can also choose to carry a small clutch bag/wallet, but that too must be transparent and not exceed specific dimensions listed.

Non-approved bags include clear/non-clear backpacks, camera cases, mesh bags, purses and fanny packs.

The policy takes effect on Monday, October 21, 2019. School officials say the decision has been made to ensure safety of students.