As students in the Oxford Community School district return to class after the holiday break, some will be required to clear or see-through back backpacks.

Oxford Community Schools Superintendent Tim Throne made the announcement on a YouTube video directed at parents in the district.

"I know it was a different Christmas and holiday break for many of us. Continue to reach out to support one another with your thoughts and prayers," Throne said. "We are doing clear backpacks for middle school, Bridges, and high school students when they return."

Throne went on to note that clear backpacks will be provided by the school district. At this time, they're not asking elementary students to carry clear backpacks, but backpacks must be stored in cubbies or lockers during the day.

All Oxford school buildings will have private security, therapy dogs, and trauma specialists as students return to school.

Today (1/3) is the first day of school for elementary and middle students as the Christmas break comes to an end. However, Superintendant Tim Throne and the Oxford Community school board have not yet determined when in-person learning will resume at the High School, the site of a mass shooting that claimed the lives of four students on November 30.

Throne went on to say that "safety, both physical and emotional, is at the top of our list [of concerns]," as students make their return to school.

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