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Security updates for large events

The safety and well-being of our students, staff, and families is a top priority for Asheville City Schools. In partnership with the Asheville Police Department, we updated our safety protocols. In an effort to bolster the safety and security of all participants at large events, including athletic competitions, concerts, graduations, board meetings, and other significant gatherings, Asheville City Schools is implementing updated safety protocols effective August 2023. These measures are designed to create a secure environment for attendees while maintaining a positive and enjoyable experience for all.
Bag Policy and Security Screening: To optimize safety procedures, bags no larger than 6 by 4 inches will be permitted within event venues for all attendees. All bags may be subject to inspection. Size exceptions will be made for individuals with medical conditions and those accompanied by young children.
Minors and Adult Supervision: For the safety and well-being of all attendees, students in grades 8 or lower must be accompanied by a responsible adult (18+) while attending events that are not at their home school.
Prohibited Items: The safety of attendees remains paramount, and as such, certain items deemed dangerous by security personnel are strictly prohibited. These include weapons, knives, firearms, pyrotechnics, and outside food or drink unless explicitly permitted by event organizers.
Enhanced Security Measures: To provide a heightened level of security, both law enforcement personnel and or designated school personnel will be present at events to perform security checks and possible pat-downs. Metal detectors may also be used.
Compliance and Emergency Response: Individuals threatening the safety or enjoyment of the event will be promptly escorted from the venue by law enforcement or school personnel. Failure to comply with security checks or event regulations will result in denied entry or removal. Attendees are urged to follow the guidance of event staff, law enforcement, or designated personnel in case of emergencies.
Reporting Suspicious Activity: The collective vigilance of attendees is crucial. Anyone noticing suspicious activity or individuals is encouraged to promptly inform event staff or security personnel.
Communication and Preparedness: Event organizers will disseminate vital safety information through various channels, including event websites, announcements, and signage. Attendees are requested to familiarize themselves with evacuation plans, emergency exits, and other relevant safety protocols.
Pets: Pets are not permitted at school-wide events or on school property.
Principals will send specific safety information for events happening at their respective schools.
Dr. Maggie Fehrman, Superintendent of Asheville City Schools, emphasized, "These enhanced safety measures underscore our unwavering commitment to the security and well-being of every individual attending our school system events. By working together and adhering to these guidelines, we can ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all."
As part of Asheville City Schools’ dedication to safety, these protocols may be subject to adjustments based on specific event requirements and evolving security considerations.