The Broward County School District has announced that, commencing with the 2023/2024 academic year, students attending public schools within the district will be required to use transparent backpacks and bags exclusively. This measure aims to enhance safety and security measures within our educational institutions.
The first day of the 2023/2024 school year begins Monday, August 21, 2023. As of that date, ONLY clear backpacks and bags (purses, duffel bags, fanny packs, lunch boxes, etc.) will be allowed on school campuses for students in grades pre-K – 12.
All backpacks and bags must be see-through.
Mesh and colored backpacks are NOT permitted, even if they are transparent
The only exceptions permitted are:
- A small non-transparent pouch for personal hygiene items.
- Thermal food containers carried inside clear lunch boxes.
- School-approved sport-specific carrying case for athletic equipment.
- School-approved instrument-specific carrying case for band equipment.
Examples of clear backpacks and bags:
We acknowledge that clear backpacks alone will not eliminate safety concerns. This is merely one of several steps in the district’s comprehensive plan to better ensure student and staff safety.
If You See Something, Say Something!
Call 911 immediately in an emergency. If you have a NON-Emergency Safety or Security concern, please report it through any available tip reporting tools. (You may choose to remain anonymous or provide contact information for a callback.
Call 754-321-3500 - The District Security Operations Center (DSOC) - 24 Hours A Day. Your information/tip will reach Broward Schools Investigators and then law enforcement, if applicable. Please let the DSOC Specialist know if you wish to remain anonymous.
Submit a tip via Fortify online or download the app for easier use. Your tip will reach law enforcement and Broward Schools investigators.
Submit a tip to the Broward Schools email address: SecurityTips@BrowardSchools.com