Students will have to use clear bags when returning to school in Clayton County this year The district said the change comes after more than 100 guns were found on county campuses last year.
ATLANTA — Wednesday will be the busiest day of the back to school rush in north Georgia.
There are a total of 15 school districts in the Channel 2 viewing area that will return to class: Banks, Bartow, Bremen, Buford, Butts, Clarke, Clayton, Douglas, Griffin-Spalding, Gwinnett, Heard, Henry, Marietta City, Putnam and Oconee schools.
Banks County announced some changes for the school year. A new portal system for students and parents called Infinite Campus will be used. The system will provide families with grades, assignments, attendance and announcements.
Banks County Schools also announced more SRO officers will be stationed at every school with the focus on safety. A final change includes a new bell schedule for Banks High School.
In Bartow County, students in all grades are eligible for free school supplies. The district approved using federal relief funds to cover items like Lysol wipes, loose-leaf paper, crayons, pencils, notebooks and binders.
Bartow County Schools are also launching a 10-month mental health campaign “Everybody has a Story and Somebody Cares”. The district also created a 25-member Student Mental Health subcommittee made up of principals, parents, counselors and community leaders.
The biggest change in Clayton County will be the district’s new backpack policy. School officials approved a clear backpack policy for the 2022-23 school year.
“We will provide clear bookbags to all of our students to help them carry their books. Hopefully this will provide schools an easier way to access whether or not students have inappropriate items in their bookbags,” Clayton County Schools Superintendent Dr. Morcease Beasley said.
Beasley said clear backpacks are to keep students and staff safe, but they also have safety plans at every school.
Superintendent Trent North…