District officials hope to secure sports facilities

Michelle Rodriguez – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) — The Manatee County School District has announced safety measures to protect Mustangs during athletic games for the 2022-2023 school year.  

Spectators can now take only one clear bag to athletic contests.

The clear bag policy allows a large clear bag and an additional clutch. Both bags are subject to be searched by law enforcement upon cause.

All clear bags must be at max 12” x 6” x 12”. The small handbag can be used for smaller, personal items.

Security measures will also include the use of a weapon detection system, wanding, and the resumption of the clear bag policy.

A statement from Manatee school district officials said, “Fans heading to district athletic events should arrive early to account for additional time needed to enter the games.”

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The new regulations begin immediately as the new year goes into full swing to ensure the safety of all students and spectators.

“The enhancements are being implemented to ensure the safety of all students and spectators,” continued the district statement.

For more information on the policy, please see Manatee School District’s Frequently Asked Questions.