Worth Co. Schools requiring clear book bags

SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) - Worth County Schools are preparing for the upcoming year with some new changes in their safety policies. All students in all grade levels can only bring clear book bags to school in  August. There will also be new technology to help in crisis situations.

"We'll be rolling that out the first day of school this year, and that will be grades Pre-K through 12th," said Worth County School Superintendent Bill Settle.

The school system will be rolling out new safety measures, such as requiring students to carry clear book bags.

"It's just a way to make it harder to conceal weapons that may bring harm," said Settle.

One parent WALB spoke with said she wouldn't mind spending any extra money on a clear book bag if it meant keeping kids safe.

"It would help a lot so that the teachers and stuff would know that these kids are bringing in what they need to be bringing in, so it can be more safe," said Iesha Gordon.

The schools will also be using a new alert system.

"It will allow us to have almost instant notification of any emergencies going on at any of our facilities," said Settle.

He said if there is ever an active shooter or any other situation in the schools, all one has to do is push a button, and help will be on the way.

"Time is our biggest friend, or our biggest enemy in times of crisis," said Settle.

When it comes to these new changes, parents said they are more than happy to see them implemented.

"There's a lot going on out here. You should want to take precautions with everything we do," said Gordon.

The new policies will start on the first day of school in August. All students will be expected to have a clear book bag.

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