“One of the top issues in the district is student safety,” Joel Danoy, communications specialist for Tracy Unified School District, said recently, “removing the opportunity to hide weapons or drugs. This is not something that is unique to TUSD. This is the trend in education in California.”
Newer schools, such as Kimball High School, did not incorporate lockers while under construction. Other long-standing schools, such as Tracy High School, had their lockers removed during school renovations. Is this heavy textbook-carrying trend here to stay?
“In the long term, textbooks are being phased out,” Danoy said, adding, “In five to 10 years, the heavy bags will be a thing of the past. Within the next three years, the school district will be implementing more technology. Students will be using tablets more than textbooks. There are also going to be about 3,000 computers put in the schools this summer that will support the new math adoption. Each school will also get either a new computer lab or their current lab will be updated for the 2014-15 school year.”
I can still recall my high school locker; I think the boring tan-taupe color was standard. Back in my day, lockers served as more than just a dumping-off place for textbooks. They were the place to meet before school and in between periods. Boyfriend pictures and fashion trends were displayed on the inside door, and handwritten notes were dropped through the slats. Chitchat about who was going steady, which couple just broke up and all the regular high school gossip were all done under cover of the clang of a shutting locker door.
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