During our conversations with parents, students, and teachers, we discovered a common issue in numerous schools: the prohibition of backpacks inside classrooms, with lockers as the mandated alternative. Although this practice appears to be less common, it continues to impact a significant number of schools, hindering the effectiveness of PAKSHIELD in the places where its necessity is greatest. Notably, middle schools seem to be more inclined toward implementing a "no backpack" policy.
Why Middle Schools?
In elementary schools, students typically remain in a single classroom throughout most of the day, only leaving for specialized classes like art or music and lunchtime. As such, the need for lockers is minimal since they do not need to carry their belongings around. In high school, students experience frequent class changes and often navigate long distances across the campus, making lockers more time-consuming than simply carrying a bag.
On the other hand, middle schools have a distinct layout where each grade level, 6th, 7th, and 8th, often occupies a separate hallway. Students frequently move between classes within this relatively compact space. This specific arrangement presents a scenario where lockers are efficient and sometimes mandatory for students to use.
An alternative solution to the PAKSHIELD backpack insert
Although PAKSHIELD is most effective in a backpack with other items, such as books, we recognize that any level of protection is valuable. That's why we introduced PAKSHIELD Binder Inserts as an alternative solution.
These inserts feature the same protective panel found in our backpacks but are designed in a 9.5 x 11-inch form factor, complete with metal grommets that enable secure placement within a three-ring binder. This way, students without backpacks can still experience reassurance and Pack Some Peace of Mind. Despite their smaller size, PAKSHIELD Binder Inserts meet the rigorous NIJ IIIA Ballistic standards, providing reliable protection, all while weighing less than 1.5 pounds.
PAKSHIELD Binder Inserts are NOT "worn body armor"
Apart from the locker issue, we have also observed a potential challenge concerning the classification of PAKSHIELD in certain states or school systems. While we haven't encountered such a situation yet, there is a theoretical possibility that some school systems might mistakenly label PAKSHIELD Backpack Inserts as "body armor."
States like New York may face similar challenges due to the consideration of backpacks as items worn on the body. In New York City, possessing "worn body armor" is prohibited by law. However, we strongly disagree with categorizing PAKSHIELD as "worn body armor." It is important to note that our binder inserts, regardless of interpretation, do not fall under this description. This means that our Binder Inserts provide an alternative solution, ensuring that individuals can still access the benefits of PAKSHIELD regardless of the state or school system they find themselves in.
ABOUT PAKSHIELD LLC
PAKSHIELD LLC is a manufacturer of a high-quality personal protective device with ballistic stopping power designed to be used in the event of an active shooter occurrence. It can be easily and discreetly inserted into a backpack or other bag.
At PAKSHIELD LLC, we believe that everyone has the right to feel safe and secure, and we are proud to offer a device that can help provide that peace of mind. The PAKSHIELD personal protection device is just one example of our commitment to innovation, quality and customer satisfaction.
To learn more about the PAKSHIELD device, please visit pakshield.com or contact us directly. We look forward to helping you protect what matters most.