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WS/FCS Announces Clear Bag Rule for District Events

September 14, 2021 - Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools institued a Clear Bag Rule for all district events effective this week. The new guidelines are meant to provide a safe and secure environment for our students, parents, community members, athletes, staff, and officials. The rule will cover all events and venues at WS/FCS facilities including after-school activities like athletic contests, concerts, and large assemblies.

Visitors will be prohibited from entering venues with camera cases, briefcases, backpacks, cinch bags, large purses, and similar items. Approved bags include clear, gallon-sized zip storage bags, clear totes (12”x 6”x 12”) and small purses. At athletic events or outdoor ceremonies, spectator chairs and blankets will be allowed but are subject to search.

Approved Bags:

  • Clear plastic or vinyl bags that do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12”
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag
  • Small clutch bags no larger than 4.5” x 6.5” with or without a handle or strap
  • Medically necessary items (after proper inspection at the entrance)
  • Diaper bags (with an infant/toddler – after proper inspection at the entrance)

Prohibited bags include, but are not limited to:

  • Purses larger than a clutch bag
  • Briefcases
  • Backpacks
  • Fanny packs
  • Cinch/Drawstring bags
  • Luggage of any kind
  • Computer bags/Camera Bags

Answers to frequently asked questions can be found on a special page of the WS/FCS website dedicated to the new policy. Examples of approved and prohibited bags and purses is included below.