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Rock Hill schools increase security at District 3 Stadium, others also taking action

Rock Hill, Fort Mill parents discuss safety, security at their children’s schools

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Visitors to Rock Hill school district athletic events will need to follow new security rules.

The district announced Tuesday a clear bag policy for school-sponsored events, effective Aug. 15. The policy applies to District 3 Stadium and District 3 Stadium South.

Permitted bags include no larger than 12-by-6-by-12 inch clear bags, 1-gallon clear plastic storage bags, small clutch bags no larger than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches, and seat cushions - without pockets or zippers - 18 inches or less in width, according to the district.

Prohibited items include alcohol, tobacco, electronic cigarettes, drugs and weapons, according to the district.

New security measures were announced last month for Clover school district stadium.

The Fort Mill school district has implemented a new radio communications system for security staff, school and district administrators and maintenance staff, district spokesperson Joe Burke told The Herald.

The new system, which will be used at after school events and during the school day, aims to “decrease the district’s response time to any issues,” a district statement states.

Concerns can be anonymously submitted through the district’s tip line on the website or app.

The York school district also a radio communications system in place this summer, district spokesperson Tim Cooper told The Herald.

“This system is used by school and district administrators, security staff and school resource officers, school and activity buses, and maintenance staff during the regular school day as well as athletic events. This updated system allows for rapid and clear communication across the district,” the district message stated.

York schools also have a tip line to report concerns anonymously.

“School safety must include local law enforcement and residents, and our district is fortunate to have active participation from all groups to keep our students and staff safe,” Cooper said in the message.

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Amanda Harris covers issues related to children and families in York, Chester and Lancaster County for The Herald. Amanda works with local schools, parents and community members to address important topics such as school security, mental health and the opioid epidemic. She graduated from Winthrop University.
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