Pike Road schools roll out new safety plan for sporting events

PIKE ROAD, Ala. (WSFA) – A new safety plan is coming to schools on Pike Road. Superintendent Keith Lankford said the school district moved due to “recent events in our surrounding area and across the state.”

Lankford added that all school systems need to pause and rethink the safety of students, teachers, parents and community members during school-sponsored activities.

The district said the following changes will take place immediately:

  • To participate in Pike Road Schools sporting events, learners/students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by their parent/guardian or an adult over the age of 19. Parents are responsible for their children throughout the sporting event. Parents can no longer drop off their children under the age of 16 at any sports competition held on the Pike Road campuses and return after the event to pick them up.
  • All persons unaccompanied by their parent or guardian must have a valid photo ID showing that they are 16 years of age or older.
  • All persons permitted to enter the campuses of Pike Road Schools must comply with all applicable policies, guidelines and laws during competition. Failure to comply will result in immediate dismissal.
  • Patriot Stadium has limited seating and we ask that all spectators refrain from standing along the fence in front of the bleachers and remain in the bleachers unless visiting the concession stand or restrooms.
  • Orange fencing has been installed in the stadium to provide boundaries or unauthorized access. Crossing or tampering with fences is prohibited.
  • The general public may not enter the field of play before, during and after the competition unless invited to do so by an authorized agent.

“Most importantly, if you see something, say something,” Lankford said. “Local School Resource Officers (SROs) and private security personnel will be on duty at school-sponsored events. The administration and staff of Pike Road Schools will also be present and willing to help in any way if needed.

The district said these changes will help create an environment where learners feel safe and honored at all levels of competition.

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