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Published August 22, 2011, 07:01 PM

Fargo Public Schools banning backpacks in classroom

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A new school year is bringing new changes to Fargo Public Schools. Students will no longer be able to bring an essential part of their school day to class. And that's just one change.

A new school year is bringing new changes to Fargo Public Schools. Students will no longer be able to bring an essential part of their school day to class. And that's just one change.

Fargo Public Schools is following a fast-moving national trend to ban backpacks in the classroom...For a lot of reasons.

Nancy Jordheim – Fargo Public Schools: "They become almost an additional danger zone because students do not necessarily appreciate the distance they stick out from their backs."

Officials say by banning the bags, students can not only stay safer, but healthier.

Jordheim: "The amount of weight that kids are carrying in their backpacks is inappropriate for their developmental stage and bone structure."

Students we spoke with, having your backpack on hand isn't terrible. But it can be frustrating not being able to reach for your belongings."

Ally Hall – Student: "I have to go back to my locker between every class so then I have to run around school, go up the floors and back down."

Jaylen Lemna - Student: "It kinda stinks because you have to walk all that ways and carry all that stuff."

Students will have to hold onto and stuff their pockets with small supplies like jump drives, calculators, and markers.

Krista Johnson - Student: "Some people make it a bigger deal then I think it needs to be."

Another big change: the school district is trying out cell-phone zones for the first time, allowing students to take calls in the commons area.

Jordheim: "You may need to be called by your parent. You may need to be called or available in some other way; so that there would be places you can go to pick up that text or that message."

Fargo Public Schools is trying to stay on the forefront of an evolving education environment, and so far Jordheim says they are keeping up.

Some students are so upset at the backpack ban, they have started a group against it. Classes start Thursday.

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