What types of bags WILL be allowed in school?

Currently, the ban is for any large-sized bag capable of concealing a weapon the size of a firearm. Small compacts to carry personal hygiene items will be allowed. Any bag allowed in may be subject to search.


Will clear bags be allowed?

At this point, we are not allowing clear bags. We are actively considering alternatives and will update our families on any changes.


What about my lunchbox?

A reasonably sized bag for lunch will be allowed. Any bag allowed in may be subject to search.


Where can I find more information about the incidents that prompted this decision?

May: Stocking Elementary School: https://grps.org/pub/stories/view/grps-confiscates-gun-from-3rd-grade-student

May: Cesar E. Chavez Elementary School: https://grps.org/pub/stories/view/grps-investigates-after-weapon-confiscated-from-young-child

January: Burton Middle School: https://grps.org/pub/stories/view/grps-security-confiscates-weapon-from-middle-schooler

October: Burton Middle School: https://grps.org/pub/stories/view/gun-confiscated-at-burton-middle-school


Is this decision permanent?

We expect the backpack ban to remain in effect through the end of the school year. Our team is engaged in enhancing our school safety protocols and the technology that supports them. We will update families as changes are made but it is our hope that we will be able to allow backpacks and book bags back into our buildings at a later time.


When does this ban go into effect?

The bag ban goes into effect immediately and will remain in effect at least through the end of the school year.


What about my musical instrument and case?

Students with musical instruments will be allowed to bring those instruments in their cases. Any bag or case allowed in may be subject to search.


What if I have a special circumstance?

This ban will be implemented with compassion while primarily focusing on the safety of our scholars. Please reach out to your building principal if you need to discuss a special circumstance.



We would like to express our gratitude to our GRPS families for your understanding as we navigate uncharted territory. We will keep updating this FAQ page as we receive more questions regarding the backpack ban. We truly appreciate your patience and compassion as we work collectively to find solutions that ensure the safety and well-being of our scholars.

Please share you questions, concerns, and feedback via email to communications@grps.org.