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Webster Parish School District posts new guidelines for attending events

by Amber McDown

The Webster Parish School District has recently posted some new guidelines for all stadiums within the district. The intention is to promote a “safe and fan-friendly environment.” They would like everyone to be aware of these changes before they arrive at a game because people will not be allowed to store prohibited items near the stadium entrances and all unattended items will be removed and discarded.

Items that will be prohibited at athletic stadiums are outside food and drinks; ice chests and coolers; umbrellas; laser pointers/lights; oversize bags, backpacks, and non-clear bags; pets or animals (excluding service animals); weapons of any kind including pocket knives or pocket tools such as Swiss Army knives. 

All smoking or tobacco products are also prohibited. This includes cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, pipes, smokeless tobacco, snuff, and chewing tobacco. In fact, these items are prohibited on all property belonging to the Webster Parish School District at all times. 

Webster Parish School Board’s “clear bag” policy will be in effect for all athletic venues. The intent is to speed up gate entries while enhancing safety. This means that you can only bring transparent bags through the gate. The clear bag can be no larger than 12” x 6”x 12”, about the size of a reusable grocery tote. If you need to bring a purse, they will only be allowing non-clear clutches/wristlets that are 4.5” x 6.5” or smaller.

Seat cushions and medical items will still be allowed.

All bags will be subject to search, and metal detectors will be in use. Also, there will be no re-entry into the stadiums. You will be required to purchase another ticket if you leave and want to return. 

With school safety being at the forefront of many people’s minds, the school district has put these policies in place to promote a safer environment for everyone who wants to attend school events.

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