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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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 ?

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milindbhardwaj511 | Student

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

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