Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, Laurens County School District 55 (LCSD 55) will enforce a clear bag procedure for all athletic and performing arts events at Laurens District High School (LDHS) and all athletic events at each of the district’s four middle schools (Gray Court-Owings, Hickory Tavern, Laurens, and Sanders). Any visitor, spectator, or patron attending an event held at one of these locations will be required to follow this procedure.
The new procedure is similar to those already in place at university stadiums, local arenas, and school districts statewide. LCSD 55 is adopting the process to enhance security and further assure the safety of students and spectators who will attend events at the high school and middle schools. Each ticketed individual will be permitted to carry one clear tote bag, not to exceed 12” x 6” x 12” and a small clutch or wallet can be included in this clear tote if it does not exceed 4.5” x 6.5”. Other small permissible items such as keys, wallets, cell phones, credit cards, and cash may be carried in a pocket or by hand.
Prohibited items include weapons, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and electronic cigarettes. Outside food and drinks, laser pointers, and non-service animals are also prohibited at all events. District security personnel understand the necessity for some individuals to utilize a non-clear bag for medically necessary items or equipment. If an individual cannot use a clear bag for this reason, they will be required to speak with administration and officers on staff and their bags will be subject to search.
Any guest entering a venue with a nonconforming or prohibited bag will be asked to return the items to their vehicles. Please be reminded that once you have received clearance to enter the event, you will not be allowed to re-enter if you choose to leave at any time.
Clear bags may be purchased from the Laurens District High School Athletic Booster Club for $15.00. President of the Athletic Booster Club, Michelle Gibbs, can help you with your needs through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via their Facebook page @L55AthleticBoosterClub.