PSD to start Bag Checks at Athletic Events
PSD to start Bag Checks at Athletic Events
Posted on 08/18/2018

Beginning in the 2018 – 19 school year, the Puyallup School District will begin checking bags of students and citizens at Sparks Stadium for home football games.

The new security measure is intended to increase safety at district events and mirrors precautions taken by other school districts and public venues such as the Washington State Fair or Tacoma Dome.

Staff who will be checking bags at events will be trained over the summer by a member of the Washington Schools Risk Management Pool with experience related to security.

If a citizen has an item in their bag that is not allowed by district policy, they will kindly be told that the item is prohibited on district property and that they are unable to enter with that item.

If a Puyallup School District student, or visiting student, has an item that is not allowed from the list above then the appropriate administrator from their district will be called over to address the student, as well as law enforcement if necessary.

Items not allowed into Sparks Stadium include:

  • Weapons
  • Illicit Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Fireworks

Use of tobacco products of any kind on school district property is prohibited, this includes the use of cigarettes, chewing tobacco, as well as electronic – cigarettes, and/or vaporizers. Citizens who have these in their bags will be politely reminded of the no smoking, chewing, and/or vaping policy on the grounds of Sparks Stadium.

Any student found in possession of tobacco products, or any other item prohibited in the student handbook, will be addressed by the appropriate administrator from their district.

Students and citizens can expect a short delay while their bags are being checked. Staff may ask for items in bags to be moved for a better look into the bag.

Smaller bags with fewer items can be examined more quickly, to avoid further delay please reduce the number of bags and items being brought into Sparks Stadium if possible.

Those without bags do not have to stop at the bag check stations when entering Sparks Stadium.

Director of Student Services and School Safety, Char Krause, said, “We want to be sure everyone is able to safely enjoy the athletic events. These proactive security measures are to ensure the safety of these events. We appreciate everyone’s patience to help meet this goal. As always if you are a student or citizen with a safety concern, please bring it to the attention of the nearest staff member so we may address it in a timely manner.”