Lockers have been replaced with laptop charging stations and benches at Albemarle High School in Virginia.
“They’re putting in the benches, there will be outlets on both sides and in most areas there will be a white board so kids can spill right out into the classroom, they can sit out here and work quietly on a bench, they can plug in too if they need to because they’ll have their laptop,” says Principal Jay Thomas.
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Schools are removing lockers to save money and increase safety, reports USA Today.
Keys to Safer Schools, an Arkansas-based safety training and advocacy group, recommends removing lockers to prevent violence. “It gives kids a place to hide things,” said Mike Nelson, co-founder of the group.
Some students are carrying fewer textbooks, thanks to e-books and laptops. But many are lugging very heavy backpacks around all day.