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New Safety Precautions at All Athletic Events

New Safety Precautions at All Athletic Events

TPSS is implementing new safety precautions at all athletic events effective immediately. 

On Wednesday, the Tangipahoa Parish School System announced some important changes and enhancements to ensure the safety and security of all attendees at all TPSS school athletic events. 

Tangipahoa Parish School Superintendent Melissa Stilley said, “The safety and well-being of our students, staff, and community members have always been our top priority, and we are committed to maintaining a safe and enjoyable environment for all participants and spectators alike.”

Beginning Thursday, September 6th, TPSS will be implementing two significant safety measures: the use of security wands and a clear bag requirement for entry at games.

To enhance the security screening process and minimize potential risks, we will introduce security wands at all entrances. Trained security personnel will use these wands to perform non-invasive, quick, and thorough searches of spectators before they enter the athletic event. This measure will help identify any prohibited items and ensure that everyone who enters does so safely.

The TPSS requests attendee cooperation and patience during this process. To expedite the security screening, please consider arriving with ample time before the game begins. The security wands will help maintain a secure and welcoming environment for everyone.

Clear Bag Policy: In addition to security wands, the district will be implementing a clear bag policy for all attendees. This policy is designed to streamline the entry process, enhance security, and make it easier for security personnel to conduct inspections. To comply with this policy, please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC bags that do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12"

  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags

  • Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap (maximum size: 4.5" x 6.5")

Prohibited bags include, but are not limited to backpacks, large purses, tote bags, and non-clear bags. Diaper bags are allowed but must be inspected. An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection.

“These measures are essential to maintain a secure and safe environment for all attendees, and we appreciate your understanding and cooperation. Please share this information with friends and family members who plan to attend our athletic events,” Stilley said.

The Tangipahoa Parish School System’s commitment to personal safety remains unwavering, and district officials believe that these measures will contribute to an even more enjoyable and secure game day experience for everyone. 

“We are grateful for your continued support of our prep athletic program and look forward to seeing you at our games this season,” Stilley said.

If you have any questions or concerns about these safety measures, please do not hesitate to contact our school administration at

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in making our athletic events a safe and memorable experience for all.