What you need to know: Schools adopt ‘clear bag’ policy for events

Published 10:57 am Thursday, August 3, 2023

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Davie County Schools has adopted a clear bag only policy for all middle and high school athletic and large assembly events.

“This is not a new concept to most of our families, since other districts require clear bags as well,” said Jeff Wallace, Davie Schools superintendent. “We know this added measure of clear bags will enhance the security measures at our events.”

He said the move is being made to provide a more safe and secure environment for students, athletes, parents, staff and community members.

Approved bags include:

• clear plastic or vinyl bags;

• clear fanny packs or cross body bags;

• clear plastic Ziploc-style bags;

• clear backpacks;

• medically cecessary- items such as oxygen bags.

Prohibited bags include, but are not limited to:

• purses/pocketbooks;

• cinch/drawstring bags;

• backpack/bookbags;

• diaper bags;

• computer bags/camera bags;

• coolers;

• grocery bags.

Spectator chairs, cushions, and blankets will be allowed but are subject to search.

Middle schools will make bag storage arrangements for students who stay after school for games or events.

“We appreciate the understanding and cooperation of our community as we work together to ensure the well-being of everyone involved in our school events,” Wallace said.

Why is Davie County Schools adopting this policy?

The safety and security of our students, athletes, families, fans, and community members, is the No. 1 priority. This is designed to enhance the safety inside stadiums, gymnasiums and auditoriums.

When will the clear bag requirement go into effect?

Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2023

Is there a size limit?

No, there is not a size limit to the clear bags.

What happens if I arrive at a game/event with a bag that is not permitted?

Fans with a prohibited bag will not be permitted inside. Fans will need to return the prohibited bag to their vehicle.

What about items such as stadium seats and blankets?

Fans will be allowed to enter with a stadium seat and/or blanket.

Can I bring a camera or binoculars?

Yes. Binoculars or a camera can be carried into the venue if it’s not in a concealed bag. Attendees may carry them in a clear bag or in their hand.

My child is staying after school for a game. Where will he be able to store his bookbag?

Each middle school is making arrangements for students to store their bags in a secure location and will arrange pick up after the game ends.

Do I have to put my wallet in a clear bag?

You may carry items in your pockets or jacket (such as keys, makeup, personal products, phone, wallet, credit cards, etc.) if you choose not to put them in a clear bag.

What is considered a large assembly?

Events such as band concerts, dance recitals, theater performances, athletic events, etc.