I return grades, stapled, with our weekly newsletter on the top each Tuesday afternoon. As students are packing up, I call names and start passing out. Since I write their name on each newsletter, I call names and start placing them on my desk quickly for pick-up. The whole process takes less than one minute.
I do not have students grab their own work and my file tote is usually in my teacher closet (which has a lock) for most of its life. It comes out when papers need to be returned and for my son to sort papers after I grade them (poor kid, right?). The folders are by students' names, organized by first name because it is easier for me to sort.
If you were worried about privacy, how I store it would solve that issue. We have a full length closet with a key. This is where we are to store cleaners, private files, etc. If you have something like this, it would be an easy fix.
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