Security screenings, clear bag rule in effect for board meetings and events at high school arenas, stadiums

WEST COLUMBIA, SC – As part of Lexington Two’s commitment to the safety of students, families, employees, and community members, the district conducts security screenings and clear bag requirements at board meetings and for events at its high school arenas and stadiums.


Metal detectors: All attendees will be asked to follow instructions of the security screening staff at the board meeting or event site, and only clear bags will be allowed at board meeting venues, and in stadiums and arenas.  Spectators will be asked to individually walk through the metal detector, which will beep if a metal object is detected.  Anyone with a prohibited item will be asked to take the item back to a vehicle before being permitted into the stadium or arena. Spectators will not be asked to remove any belts, clothing, hats, or shoes.


Clear bag rule: Lexington 2 restricts sizes and types of bags permitted at board meetings, and other public events in high school arenas and stadiums.

Approved bags

  • Clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC bags that do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12". A logo no larger than 4.5" x 3.4" can be displayed on one side of a permissible clear bag.
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar)
  • Small clutch bags no larger than 4.5" x 6.5" -- approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap
  • Medically necessary items (any bags with medically necessary items will be searched by gate personnel before entry.)

Prohibited bags include, but are not limited to:

  • Purses
  • Briefcases
  • Backpacks
  • Fanny packs
  • Cinch/Drawstring bags
  • Luggage of any kind
  • Computer bags
  • Diaper bags
  • Binocular cases
  • Camera bags
  • Non-approved seat cushions, which include large traditional seat cushions that have pockets, zippers, compartments, or covers

Click on this link for a flyer with images of permitted and prohibited bags 

Reminder: Items Prohibited In Lexington Two Stadiums and Arenas

Tobacco or alcohol of any kind

Laser pointers

Tripods, selfie sticks

Tents

Air horns

Firearms

Fireworks

Weapons of any kind

Framed backpacks

Banner sized posters or displays

Ice chests/coolers

Distribution of leaflets or brochures

Aerosol cans

Skateboards, rollerblades, skates

Animals (Unless service animal)

Beach balls, other inflatable items

Balloons

Flowers, plants

Gifts, gift bags, baskets

Stools or folding chairs

Inappropriate attire as determined by school district

Inappropriate or disruptive items as determined by the school district


Lexington School District Two has a No Re-entry Rule


For the health and well-being of Lexington School District Two students, staff, and visitors, all properties are tobacco-free.  All forms of tobacco are prohibited on all Lexington School District Two owned, leased, and controlled properties and in vehicles while parked on Lexington School District Two property.


All bags and property are subject to search while on school district property or attending a school district event.  Administration reserves the right to adjust these policies at any time with no prior notice.


Other general security reminders for Lexington Two:


  • Lexington Two uses an electronic system to manage visitors at all district schools and offices. Read more about it by clicking here

  • The district has a tip line to report threats, crimes, weapons, bullying, and other concerns both inside and outside the classroom.  Call, text or email: (803) 363-5172, [email protected].

Everyone plays a role in safety, and we appreciate your continued support as we further strengthen security measures already in place throughout the district.  If you have any questions, please talk with a school or district administrator. 


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FAQs About Metal Detectors 


QUESTION: Why has Lexington Two implemented metal detectors and clear bags?

ANSWER:  These items are part of the district’s continuing commitment to provide a safe and secure environment for students, employees, and community members.


QUESTION: Have there been threats made to events at Lexington Two?

ANSWER: No, but like many surrounding districts, Lexington Two has implemented use of walk-through metal detectors, along with other measures, as a means of further strengthening safety and security measures already in place.


QUESTION: Will there be metal detectors at every entrance to games?

ANSWER: Yes.  This will allow fans to enter quickly and efficiently.


QUESTION: At athletic events, what time will gates open if we have to walk through metal detectors?

ANSWER: Gates will open an hour before the start of the game and will remain open until tickets are no longer sold.


QUESTION: What can people expect when they arrive at the gate or door?

ANSWER: Spectators will be asked to follow instructions of the security screening staff.  Only clear bags will be allowed in board meetings, and at high school stadiums and arenas. Attendees will NOT be asked to remove any belts, clothing, hats, or shoes.  To carefully scan everyone, spectators will be asked to individually walk through the metal detector.  If an individual has a prohibited item, he/she will be asked to take the item back to a vehicle before being permitted into the stadium or arena.


QUESTION: Will the clear bag policy also be enforced with the metal detectors?

ANSWER: Yes, the clear bag policy is still in effect. To expedite the screening process, it is recommended that attendees use their approved clear bag to carry approved items.


QUESTION: What if I have a medical condition and cannot walk through a metal detector?

ANSWER: Metal detectors are safe for all individuals, including children, pregnant women, and adults with most medical implants or devices. People with concerns about passing through the walk-through metal detectors should check with their doctor prior to event day. If you choose not to use the walk-through metal detector and need special medical accommodations, please ask screening staff if you can be screened with a handheld device.


QUESTION: What if people don’t want to pass through metal detectors?

ANSWER: People with concerns about passing through the walk-through metal detectors will still be subject to screening with a hand-held metal detector wand. If you are still uncomfortable with the hand-held wands, inform a member of the gate security staff so they may notify law enforcement.  The district reserves the right to refuse entry.
 
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