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Clear/Mesh Back Pack Policy

Dear Parents and/or Guardians:

The Shamokin Area School Board and Administrators have recently met to identify and make changes in our security plans and to gain insight from people with security expertise. For the safety of our Shamokin Area Elementary and Annex students and community, the decision was made to institute a clear/mesh backpack policy in our district. 

One of the top security services, Nation School Security Services of the United States, has recommended the enforcement of book bag and backpack control to improve the safety of a school’s environment. Clear book bags and backpacks on campus have shown to help prevent weapons and other contraband being brought to school along with being a useful tool for daily admission at our security checkpoints of entry.

School district officials have been in contact with our local retail stores to provide inventory of clear backpacks for our students, which will be available prior to the start of each school year. The safety of your children, our students is our responsibility. If you have any concerns or questions, please contact the elementary school office (570-648-5721) at your convenience.


Thank you,




Shamokin Elementary Administrators