I was surprised to learn that our middle school does not have lockers for the kids to use. Instead, the students are given home copies of each book. They keep a school copy in a cubby in each classroom and then keep the second copy at home. No more lugging it back and forth in heavy backpacks. (They send them home intermittently at first so the kids didn’t have to carry them all in one shot.)
It seems like most middle schools and high schools have lockers but I am glad we don’t have them. I remember it being very stressful trying get the locker open. You’re already nervous about starting middle school or high school and now you’ve got to open a safe. One friend posted a shot on Facebook of her daughter trying to figure out how to open the darn thing.
Even with the locker the kids still have to transport the books back and forth for homework. So then you get into the heavy backpack situation again.
Also I like that with the home set of books there is no forgetting the book. It’s already there.
Now I can’t imagine it’s cost effective to buy every student two books for each subject but I’m really glad they do.
How does your school handle books and lockers? Which would you prefer? Is your child carrying too much? Does your school allowed the wheeled backpacks?