HIGHLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (CBS DETROIT) — The Huron Valley Schools District says its high school students will not be able to carry their backpacks and large bags to class this year.

According to a letter sent to Lakeland and Milford high schools, the backpacks were considered to be a hazard and make “it difficult for both students and staff to maneuver through the classroom.”

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Administrators were also concerned with the weight of backpacks “by carrying around a full day’s worth of materials.”

School officials say the decision does not impact elementary and middle schools because those students already do not take their backpacks to class.

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They say the change has been under consideration for several years as more students enrolled.

Starting this fall, students will be asked to use their assigned lockers between classes.

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