District to no longer allow backpacks, outside food at school district events.

PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - Liberty students cheer at a football game against Sherwood on Nov. 3, 2017. The district has changed what it will allow spectators to bring to football games and other district events.Planning to head to a high school football game this fall? Leave your bags and backpacks at home.

On Wednesday, Aug. 29, the Hillsboro School District announced changes to safety protocols for all events held at its schools this year, including sports events, concerts and community events.

The new rules prohibit people bringing in large bags or backpacks, outside food and beverages, bicycles or skateboards to the events. All middle and high school students will be required to show school-issued identification cards to enter.

"The move was seen as necessary by all of the high school principals and athletic directors, who have seen issues arise from students having access to these items — weapons and alcohol being the primary concern," said district spokeswoman Beth Graser in a statement.

"Our high school athletic events and activities are a time for celebration and positive expressions of school pride," Public Safety Chief Alex Oh said. "We want to make sure students and all spectators are safe and able to enjoy themselves in a secure environment."

Oh said the district is "counting on parents and other community members" to help enforce the protocols.

"We do not have the means to have trained security personnel at each entry point," Oh said. "The intent isn't to cause a hardship for anyone. We really do just want to keep our students safe."

The safety measures will be in place for anyone attending home events at district schools, including visitors and opposing teams.

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