Texas school districts adopt clear-bag policy for events

August 21, 2018 / Athletic Administration
Two Texas school districts have implemented a clear-bag policy for all athletic events in an effort to keep fans safe.

The Austin Independent School District begins its clear-bag policy on Aug. 30, enforcing the restriction at five different facilities. The Lake Travis ISD adopted a similar policy, which began on Aug. 15. The University of Texas implemented a clear-bag policy last year for all athletic events.

From the Austin American-Statesman:

“We are in a different place in society now, and we have to be proactive in terms of taking steps in terms of making our fans safe,” Austin ISD athletic director Leal Anderson said. “Hopefully, we can be more transparent and know what is entering into our stadiums.”

The types of bags that will be permitted are:

Bags that are clear plastic and do not exceed 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches.

  • One-gallon, clear-plastic freezer bags.
  • Clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bags with a maximum of one logo that doesn’t exceed 4.5 inches by 3.4 inches.
  • Small clutch bags or purses with or without a strap that are the size of a hand
  • Exceptions will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at designated areas.

Any backpacks, bags with printed patterns, fanny packs, purses, reusable grocery bags, mesh or straw bags, duffel bags, large totes, camera or binocular cases and diaper bags will now be banned.

Last weekend, two people were injured in a shooting during a practice high school football game in south Florida. The incident, and other shootings across the nation, have forced athletic directors to examine new ways to protect fans and players.

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