From staff reporter Debbie Cafazzo
The Parkland-based Franklin Pierce School District said it will place greater limitations on snacks, beverages and bags of all sorts that are brought to home football games.
District officials say the goal is to create a safer environment at the games. The new policy goes into effect Friday at the home game between Washington High School and Fife High School.
Franklin Pierce Schools has, for many years, hired two off-duty deputies of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department to promote safety and enforce school district policies. District officials said that since the football season has begun, several incidents have occurred where alcohol and other contraband has been seized from spectators – students and adults –attending home football games.
Effective Friday, Franklin Pierce Schools will enforce new policies:
• Food: Food items are allowed.
• Beverages: Open-container drinks, personal water bottles that are not empty, or glass bottles will no longer be allowed. Sealed, un-opened beverages are allowed.
• Bags: All bags will be searched prior to entrance into the game.
“We wish we didn’t have to implement these policy changes, but we also need to ensure that our football games remain safe,” said Franklin Pierce district athletic director Wendy Malich. “Other districts have completely banned outside food, outside beverages, and bags, but we believe that Franklin Pierce Schools doesn’t have to go that far to keep our games a safe, healthy, and fun environment that we strive for them to be.”
For now, the new policies will only impact home football games.