My husband and I attended the parent orientation for the middle school last night. Our daughter moves up to the middle school next year and the administration wanted to let us know how things work there. One of the weird things I found out, which was not discussed at the orientation, is that the kids aren't allowed to carry bookbags during the school day. They are allowed to have them for the to/from school trips but not during the school year. That makes no sense to me. Unlike the elementary school, the kids will be transferring classrooms so they will have to carry books around. I'm going to make sure to ask the administration about it. It's not like she's going to be carrying around an expensive kenneth cole briefcase or anything. Then again, schools are infamous for having terrible policies.