• High School Spectator Event Bag Rules

    The safety of our students, staff, families and visitors to our school campuses is our district’s top priority. For this reason, the district is implementing rules regarding what bags attendees at WCPSS-sponsored high school events at WCPSS facilities may bring into an event. 

    Beginning March 1, schools will implement these rules to the degree it is feasible, depending on specific event circumstances and the facilities in which events are taking place. Note that initial implementation will begin March 1, but schools may utilize a brief transition period to fully implement the rules.

    Bag Rules 

    Individuals attending WCPSS events may be subject to searches of their belongings or persons consistent with governing law and Board policies. Event entry may be dependent on the inspection of any items. 

    Permitted Bags

    One clear bag no larger than 12" x 15" x 3".

    In addition to one clear bag, event attendees may carry: 

    • A small, clear clutch bag/wristlet no larger than 4" x 6" x 1";
    • Bags containing medically necessary items for that attendee's assistance (e.g., an oxygen tank); and
    • Diaper bags.

    Each attendee is permitted to bring the following loose items, as long as any compartments capable of storage are left open and are empty (e.g., coat pocket, zippered compartment, etc.), including:

    • Coats;
    • Blankets;
    • Seat cushions not exceeding 18 inches wide;
    • Soft baby carriers, slings, strollers; and 
    • Medically necessary equipment (e.g., oxygen tank with fabric casing, wheelchair, walker). 

     

    Bags NOT Permitted

    No other bags are permitted. This includes but is not limited to: fabric backpacks, fanny packs, belt bags, purses, string bags, briefcases, roll bags, and duffle bags. 

    WCPSS schools and/or staff members are not responsible for items left behind, lost, stolen, or damaged. 

    District staff may amend the list of permitted and prohibited bags as needed.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What will school staff do with bags that spectators are not permitted to bring into an event?

  • Do spectator bag rules apply to parents picking up a student at a school event?

  • Do these rules apply to all events held on WCPSS high school campuses?

  • Do these rules apply to student spectators?

  • If school staff cannot see the contents of a clear bag, will they search the bag?

  • Will law enforcement officers be involved in screening bags at an event?

  • Is it appropriate for a principal to apply these rules to community use events that include school teams or students?

  • What about theater performances, band concerts, etc?

  • What about graduation, swim meets or other events not occurring on high school campuses?