Clear bags during sporting events now required at these St. Johns County schools

Bartram, Creekside high schools have implemented policy

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – As we get ready for a new school year and a new high school football season, several St Johns County schools are implementing a new clear bag policy during sporting events.

The schools affected are Bartram and Creekside high schools, according to a Twitter post by Creekside Athletics. Ponte Vedra High had also considered implementing the policy but decided against it for the coming school year.

Creekside Athletics said its policy intends to enhance security measures, and fans are encouraged to bring bags only if necessary.

That means, no backpacks, briefcases, coolers, large purses or mesh bags will be allowed into any games. Instead, fans will need to have a clear plastic bag or purse or a small clutch. Guests carrying prohibited bags will be asked to leave them in their vehicles.

The following bags are permitted but are subject to search:

  • Clear plastic bag or purse that does not exceed 12 inches in length, 6-inches in width and 12 inches in height
  • Clutch or small purse no longer than 6.5 inches long by 4.5 inches wide
  • Equipment bag for medical items
  • Diaper bag for young children accompanied by an adult

Clear bags can be purchased Tuesday at the organization's fall sports meeting for $12. After Tuesday night, the bags will be sold via SchoolPay and at orientation for $15. Bags can be purchased online and picked up during the home preseason game against Mandarin on Aug. 16.

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