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School Board Implements Clear Bag Policy for District Sporting Events

Daniel Prince

No new limits on items that can be carried, only on the types of bags that can be carried

As a result of a vote by the Union County School Board at last night’s meeting, anyone attending athletic events or other major school events in Union County will have to abide by a clear bag policy. The policy goes into effect on August 1st and is designed to help ensure the safety of students and guests.

Spectators will be allowed to carry one large clear bag and a small clutch purse. The clear bag can be up to a gallon-size Ziploc bag or a clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC tote no larger than 12” x 6” x 12”. The small clutch bag can be no larger than 4.5” x 6.5”.

Backpacks, even clear ones, will be prohibited under the policy, as will diaper bags, binoculars or camera cases, tinted plastic bags, oversized tote bags, cinch bags, mesh bags, printed pattern plastic bags, computer bags, and fanny packs. Purses larger than 4.5” by 6.5” will be prohibited, as well. Each person, including children, can carry a clear bag.

The policy does not place new prohibitions on items that can be taken into such events; rather, it limits the types of bags in which those items can be carried. Seat cushions, camp/folding chairs, and blankets are still allowed but cannot be in a bag or other container and will be subject to search. Fans carrying bags that don’t meet the criteria will be turned away from the venue at or near the gates. They can then return the prohibited items to their vehicle. An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection. You can still carry keys, makeup, feminine products, comb, phone, wallet, credit cards, etc. in your pockets or jacket if you choose not to put them in a clear bag or clutch. Appropriately credentialed members of the media will be allowed to bring bags into the venues but may be subject to search.

The district notes that randomized bag checks will be done upon entry into venues until such time as metal detectors are completely implemented throughout the district. The school board unanimously approved the clear bag policy.

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