Backpacks and Large Bags No Longer Allowed at District Athletic Events

Backpacks and Large Bags No Longer Allowed at District Athletic Events
Posted on 08/30/2018
Backpacks and Large Bags No Longer Allowed at District Athletic Events

To make sure our students, staff, parents and guests are safe the School District of Lee County is no longer going to allow backpacks and other large bags into athletic stadiums, gymnasiums and theaters.

“In light of recent events, we feel it is important to take this proactive step to make sure our students, staff and guests feel safe at athletic, arts and other events,” says Superintendent Dr. Greg Adkins.

All guests attending an event will be subject to a search. Prohibited items inside stadiums, gymnasiums and theaters include but are not limited to:

  • Book bags, backpacks, duffel bags or large purses
  • Any type of weapon on school property is prohibited
  • Any item that could be used as a missile
  • Cans/Bottles
  • Coolers
  • Fireworks
  • Horns/Lasers

These changes implement a policy similar to what the NCAA, professional sports teams, large arenas and theaters require of their guests. Principals have been notified so they can immediately implement the policy and messages are being sent to parents.

At this time, the new policy applies to high schools. After a meeting next week with law enforcement it will be determined if the policy will also apply to middle and elementary schools.