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School mandated clear PVC backpacks????

post #1 of 27
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I'm sure not if this is the right place for this but....

 

 

So my son started Kindergarten this week & I found out that the school district requires clear backpacks...when I shopped for a clear backpack they appear to all be made of PVC.  I am shocked (well not so much) that they are requiring children to use a toxic material 5 days a week when BPA-free/phthalate-free children products are now being mandated.

 

I ensure that little to no PVC come into our home.  Why on earth would I allow my child to come in contact with PVC daily?  Am I going to be that parent that causes a big to-do at PTO meetings?  Not only is my kid not going to use a PVC laden backpack, I don't think any kid should be carrying them.

 

My son's school goes up to 6th grade & I guess there is a concern with some of the older kids bringing contraband to school.  Like seriously, a kid couldn't find a way to bring something "bad" to school?

 

How can I best handle this without becoming a nuisance parent?

post #2 of 27

My very first thought is that this is an attempt to prevent weapons from coming into the school. There are scary stories about children bringing knives and handguns into schools. 

 

I would contact the school principal and find out the purpose of the policy. Then I'd ask for some rationale eg. how often have they encountered the problem in the past, what other avenues did they consider before deciding on this policy, was it raised at parent council meetings last year and if so, was there general agreement that this was the best way to deal with it, what other steps are they taking to deal with this kind of problem (awareness campaigns, random bag and locker searches, weapon detection systems at the doors.....there's an escalating level of intrusiveness but there's also associated expenses). 

 

If you are unsatisfied with the response you get, then I'd figure out what alternatives are agreeable to you and take those suggestions to the school. Maybe parents who object to the clear backpack could agree to have the bags searched. 

 

BTW, I've never seen a clear backpack but I haven't done any back-to-school shopping this year. 

post #3 of 27
post #4 of 27

wait thats not the right one???

post #5 of 27

We have some clear dry-bags for canoeing and kayaking that are made from polyurethane laminated to nylon. They're pricey (and they have the submersible waterproof features which a kindergartener certainly wouldn't need) but PVC-free clear packs certainly do exist. You may just have to hunt around on-line rather than in stores.

 

 Here's the kind we have.

 

Miranda

post #6 of 27
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Originally Posted by moominmamma View Post

We have some clear dry-bags for canoeing and kayaking that are made from polyurethane laminated to nylon. They're pricey (and they have the submersible waterproof features which a kindergartener certainly wouldn't need) but PVC-free clear packs certainly do exist. You may just have to hunt around on-line rather than in stores.

 

 Here's the kind we have.

 

Miranda

Yikes!  That's nearly $100 though....not completely out of the question but pretty pricey for a kid.

post #7 of 27
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Originally Posted by octobermom View Post

if it helps I did find this... http://www.amazon.com/K-Cliffs-Backpack-School-Daypack-Casual/dp/B0015UIPO2

That's made of PVC....if you know of another one please post!

post #8 of 27
post #9 of 27
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Yes, it's for safety & the school goes up to 6th grade....apparently 6th graders are dangerous these days.

 

Clear backpacks are pretty common & many of them are specifically made for kids which means that PVC products are being made for kids.  Sickening.  I' m going to look into a mesh one & see if that works.

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My very first thought is that this is an attempt to prevent weapons from coming into the school. There are scary stories about children bringing knives and handguns into schools. 

 

I would contact the school principal and find out the purpose of the policy. Then I'd ask for some rationale eg. how often have they encountered the problem in the past, what other avenues did they consider before deciding on this policy, was it raised at parent council meetings last year and if so, was there general agreement that this was the best way to deal with it, what other steps are they taking to deal with this kind of problem (awareness campaigns, random bag and locker searches, weapon detection systems at the doors.....there's an escalating level of intrusiveness but there's also associated expenses). 

 

If you are unsatisfied with the response you get, then I'd figure out what alternatives are agreeable to you and take those suggestions to the school. Maybe parents who object to the clear backpack could agree to have the bags searched. 

 

BTW, I've never seen a clear backpack but I haven't done any back-to-school shopping this year. 

post #10 of 27
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Originally Posted by awallrising View Post

Yes, it's for safety & the school goes up to 6th grade....apparently 6th graders are dangerous these days.

 

Clear backpacks are pretty common & many of them are specifically made for kids which means that PVC products are being made for kids.  Sickening.  I' m going to look into a mesh one & see if that works.

 

It must be a regional thing. I've got a middle and high schooler and have never seen a full-sized transparent backpack. DD and I just went to 3 different shops looking for a new one too. I've only seen the little transparant kid purse types in stores.

 

You could make a complaint about the cost. Some states have laws about what you can require from a public school student.

post #11 of 27
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Yes, we can get mesh & Jansport is PVC-free!

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Originally Posted by kchara View Post

Would mesh be an option?  You could still see into it, but it's not PVC.  http://www.amazon.com/Jansport-Mesh-Back-Pack-Navy/dp/B0018JIXOW/ref=sr_1_10?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1346343034&sr=1-10&keywords=clear+backpack
 

post #12 of 27

Awesome!!!  So glad you found a solution!!  We're working to get our home toxin-free, too, so I can imagine how frustrating that would be. 
 

post #13 of 27

I'm glad you found a solution too. Still think it's a ridiculous thing for a school to require. I mean, the mesh is a good alternative until it rains!

post #14 of 27

Okay, here's a thought, and please don't freak out about it............even if you go thru all the trouble of finding a 'safe' backpack for your kid,it may not really won't matter in the long run.......first off, he/she will only wear it on the bus...the rest of the time it stays on a hook or in a cubbie...(next to 30 other toxic bags)....so....while it may not be such a big deal what he brings, he will be exposed to major toxins in every class he enters............hope this made sense.........

post #15 of 27
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Originally Posted by Virginia Mom View Post

Okay, here's a thought, and please don't freak out about it............even if you go thru all the trouble of finding a 'safe' backpack for your kid,it may not really won't matter in the long run.......first off, he/she will only wear it on the bus...the rest of the time it stays on a hook or in a cubbie...(next to 30 other toxic bags)....so....while it may not be such a big deal what he brings, he will be exposed to major toxins in every class he enters............hope this made sense.........

...and in the bag will sit the child's lunch all morning.

My kids suck on the straps of their backpacks when bored or anxious.

I'm glad you found a solution, OP.
post #16 of 27
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Originally Posted by whatsnextmom View Post

I'm glad you found a solution too. Still think it's a ridiculous thing for a school to require. I mean, the mesh is a good alternative until it rains!

Seriously?!!!

 

almost 35 states require this in high violence neighborhood school. Rand Corporation has done research and discovered it HAS had an impact on the amount of violence.

 

i consider it a privilege having the choice not to send my dd to such a school where ambulances are called as arms get broken in 6th grade.

 

i dont see why its a big deal. i see many teenagers carrying pvc purses and backpack purses out of choice. almost all those who allow PVC also allow the mesh.

 

in fact nowadays many employers are also making this same requirement.

post #17 of 27
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Seriously?!!!

almost 35 states require this in high violence neighborhood school. Rand Corporation has done research and discovered it HAS had an impact on the amount of violence.

i consider it a privilege having the choice not to send my dd to such a school where ambulances are called as arms get broken in 6th grade.

i dont see why its a big deal. i see many teenagers carrying pvc purses and backpack purses out of choice. almost all those who allow PVC also allow the mesh.

in fact nowadays many employers are also making this same requirement.

Employers are making the same requirement? What does that say about our society?
post #18 of 27
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Employers are making the same requirement? What does that say about our society?

that says 'thou shalt not steal'. with employers its not so much about weapons. its more about stealing. 

post #19 of 27
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that says 'thou shalt not steal'. with employers its not so much about weapons. its more about stealing. 

I understand. I just think it's a sad commentary on our society that weapons in schools and employee theft are so commonplace.
post #20 of 27
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Originally Posted by meemee View Post

Seriously?!!!

 

almost 35 states require this in high violence neighborhood school. Rand Corporation has done research and discovered it HAS had an impact on the amount of violence.

 

i consider it a privilege having the choice not to send my dd to such a school where ambulances are called as arms get broken in 6th grade.

 

i dont see why its a big deal. i see many teenagers carrying pvc purses and backpack purses out of choice. almost all those who allow PVC also allow the mesh.

 

in fact nowadays many employers are also making this same requirement.

 

Again, must be regional. I live in the 7th or 8th largest city in the U.S.A and I've never seen it. My eldest attended an inner city high school for a couple years in the 3rd largest school district in the country. Again, no such requirements that I ever saw. I've never heard of employees having to carry PVC purses either. The schools my kids have been in use different methods that seem to work quite well. 

 

The more people are treated as untrustworthy, the more untrustworthy they become. When we tell our children, you are too violent to be trusted, that's what they will grow-up to be. Better to get them and their communities invested in a positive environment.

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