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New Backpack Policy Raises Concerns in Somerset County

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md.- A new backpack policy is raising concerns among some parents in Somerset County.

"It blew my mind," says Jessica Wilkinson, mother of a senior who attends Washington High School in Princess Anne. 

Students there can bring their backpacks to school but no longer can carry them in the hallways or into classrooms.

"As a parent, I knew nothing about it until my daughter came home concerned and upset about how she was going to carry this extra load," says Wilkinson.

Some students and parents took to social media to voice their concerns about the new policy calling it "unfair."

"For some students, this just makes it harder," Wilkinson said. "For example, for my daughter, her locker is far enough away that she will never be able to go and get to class on time,"

In a statement to WBOC, Somerset County Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Gaddis said the goal of the new policy is to help students focus in class by reducing distractions. Gaddis also said similar policies have been implemented in other schools in Maryland.

Gaddis added that the school did notify parents about the new policy two weeks ago with a robocall. However, parents like Wilkinson claim they never received a phone call explaining the change.

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