Should schools have lockers?should locker systems be introduced in schools?

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pacorz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I am in a small school also, and i would say that about half my students use their lockers regularly and the other half never use them. The lockers provide secure storage for things not needed until later in the day, which is a huge boost for students involved in sports, musical instrument lessons, or other after school activities.

I sometimes ask students to weight their backpacks and consider using their lockers to lower the amount of weight they are hauling; I am concerned about their physical health from carrying such loads, especially since most only use one shoulder strap.

One really valuable thing that lockers do, but that no one ever considers, is to separate clothing and keep it from touching. Having students hang their coats on hooks on a common wall is actually a terrible idea, as it allows lice, bedbugs, etc. free travel from one item of clothing to the next. In many states, health codes are being implemented setting minimum distances between coat hooks or requiring vertical barriers between them so the clothing doesn't touch.

amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I believe there is a need.  In my school, students are forbidden to carry backpacks due to recent school shootings (you can conceal weapons in a backpack) and issues with drug use and sales on campus.  Therefore, lockers are needed in order to store books which tend to be large and cumbersome on the high school level.  As unattractive as they may be, or as inconvenient as it may be to get to them every couple of classes to exchange books, lockers are a necessary evil.

There are no locks on the lockers at our school (unless the locker is not issued) so that school officials can access them in the event of the drug dog's indication of trouble.  Remember that school lockers are school privacy, so any expectation of privacy is null and void.

lmetcalf eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would guess that most high schools and probably most middle school/junior high schools across the country have a locker system.  It is by far the most effecient means for a school to provide a secured place for a student's belongings such as coats as well as school materials.  Classrooms with open hooks are not secured beyond the supervision of a teacher, and that isn't always possible. Lockers allow for students to take as much or as little as they need as they head off to various classrooms around the school building.  Depending on the location of the locker, a student may be able to swap out books and folders between each class or two which does ease strain on arms or backpacks.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree with all of the posts to this point.  I do not think that it is really possible to have a middle school or above without lockers.  I suppose it could be done, but only if students did not take their textbooks home but instead left them in the classrooms.  (One high school I attended for a while was like this because we did not have a textbook for every student and had to share.)  Otherwise, lockers are important for the reasons mentioned above and because students without lockers will end up taking more time and causing more chaos in lessons as they hunt through crammed backpacks for the right book, perhaps spilling other stuff out and having to pick it up, things like that.

M.P. Ossa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

At first I did not agree because lockers that are not placed strategically may give a complex to students who are too short for their age and are unable to reach the lockers above them. This may sound a bit funny but I have witnessed students making fun of shorter students because they cannot reach the tall students' lockers.

However, it is a fact that High School and Middle School are some really challenging grade levels to teach because of the problems with security and the safety of student property in a day and age where students carry electronics all over the place, cellphones, laptops, and other valuables. Hence, yes, it is needed and sometimes mandatory.

bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think lockers are necessary to house and protect textbooks and school materials as well as personal belongings during a student's long day at school. It certainly would reduce the strain of carrying heavy backpacks around all day. Sadly, many schools have gotten away from using lockers because of the threat of hiding guns, drugs, bombs, etc. I think this is a ridiculous practice, since the same items could also be placed in a backpack. Certainly, middle and high school students are trustworthy enough to use lockers in a proper manor. Sadly, the few students who misuse lockers are the ones that cause many administrations to eliminate their use.

bigdreams1 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

We have also gone to a no backpack in the classroom rule, as our rooms are rather small and it creates a crowding problem and also is a hazard as students (and one of our blind staff members) easily trip on them as they are placed around the room.

Considering this, there really has to be a place like a locker to put books and coats and other belongings, especially in the winter up here. Muddy boots, and heavy coats, mittens, scarves, and hats would clutter up pretty much any space without a locker to put them in.

kiwi eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think it depends on the culture of the school. We have lockers available, but students don't use them. We are a small school and textbooks, etc are left in classrooms. Valuables are stored in the office if necessary, but if stuff does get stolen, its easy to track down the culprit. Our lockers seem to be used to house only mouldy sandwiches!

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
The main reasons for lockers in the US is the large, heavy textbooks our students have to cart around. In schools of thousands of kids, it is necessary for the students to have some space of their own to store things. Many schools removed lockers because they can store drugs and weapons, are targets for vandalism, and can hide other elicit goods.
ik9744 | Student

Yes, because lockers lets you get organized very fast and easy. You'll not have to bring things back home every single day too.

crystaltu001 | Student

In my school everyone has a locker and we keep that locker until we graduate. But some people take advantages of the lockers and they store useless junk in the lockers . Some people actually use the lockers for what it is supposed to be used for, Storing books and textbooks for school.

milindbhardwaj511 | Student

just talk about drugs they can be also carried through bags , so not to claim  lockers for that . i think schools  should have drug detector or something like that. do anyone agrees with me ?

milindbhardwaj511 | Student

locker system should be introduced because by going to school students especially young students face trouble and sometime face back to avoid this ,there should be locker system.