The Berkeley County School District is expanding the recently piloted “Clear Bag or No Bag” entry policy. Tim Knight, BCSD Safety and Security Coordinator said, “In October, we piloted the ‘Clear Bag or No Bag’ entry procedure at Goose Creek High School football games, currently our largest high school, and it was very successful. The expansion of this entry procedure to all winter varsity sports is a natural progression in ongoing safety and security improvements.Our goal is to create an environment that our fans and guest can enjoy with the peace of mind that we are continuing to take proactive steps to ensure their safety and the safety of their families. As was encouraged at the Goose Creek High School football games, we do prefer our fans and guests to attend athletic events without carrying any bag; however, we understand that it is necessary for some individuals to utilize a non-clear bag for medically necessary items or equipment. If an individual cannot utilize a clear bag for this reason, they will be required to speak with a designated gate administrator and the bag will be subject to search.”
The entry procedure will be in effect for all winter junior varsity sporting events that take place on the same day and at the same location as a varsity sporting event.
Each ticketed individual will be permitted to carry one clear tote bag, not to exceed 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches and a small clutch or wallet can be included in this clear tote if it does not exceed 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches. A clear tote bag is not required to carry small permissible items such as keys, wallets, cell phones, credit cards, cash, etc., which should be carried in a pocket. Prohibited items include weapons, drugs, alcohol, tobacco and electronic cigarettes.