LEONARDTOWN, MD – Superintendent of Schools, Dr. J. Scott Smith, announces enhanced security measures for after-school events. 

Beginning with fall sports for the 2022-2023 school year, St. Mary’s County Public Schools (SMCPS) is implementing procedures for school staff members and on-site law enforcement officers to identify prohibited items and reduce the likelihood of contraband being on a school campus.

Prohibited items include weapons, laser pointers, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and electronic cigarettes.  Outside food, drinks, and non-service animals are also prohibited.  During designated events, spectators should consider carrying a clear bag.  Spectators carrying items such as bookbags, totes, or carry-alls will be directed to an alternate line where staff will inspect the contents using a magnetometer.

Additional information on the new procedures and answers to frequently asked questions are available on the SMCPS webpage at https://www.smcps.org/safety-and-security/security-screenings

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