Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Pasco County Schools Enhanced Event Security Procedures

CONTACT: Linda Cobbe, 813-794-2717 (w), 813-361-8349 (c)
Wayne Bertsch, 813-794-2259 (w) or 850-251-1835 (c)

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (September 12, 2018) – Pasco County Schools will enforce new event safety procedures beginning with home football games on Friday, September 14.

The procedures generally fall under:

1. Bag Procedure
a. Only clear plastic, clear vinyl, or clear Ziploc bags are permitted.
b. Backpacks, fanny packs, purses, and duffle bags are prohibited.
c. Student athletes are permitted to bring bags. These bags are subject to search.
d. An exception will be made for medically necessary items, diaper bags, and properly credentialed school and professional photographers’ camera bags. These bags will be subject to search prior to entry, unless the item meets the clear bag guidelines.
e. Clear bags with items of concern also may be searched.
f. There will be separate lines for patrons without bags for expedited entry.
g. Bag search areas will be located so as not to impede crowd movement into venues.
h. Bag rules will be posted in multiple locations at each school, and on school websites and social media.

2. Patron Code of Conduct
Students are expected to abide by the Pasco County Schools Student Code of Conduct. Adult fans are expected to abide by rules for civility, and are prohibited from unruly, disruptive, or illegal behavior. Specific rules will be listed on the Patron Code of Conduct signs that will be posted in multiple locations at each school.

3. Prohibited Items
The following lists of prohibited and allowed items will be posted in multiple locations at each school, and on school websites and social media. Prohibited items include:
a. Firearms
b. Weapons of any kind
c. Knives
d. Any item that could be used as a missile
e. Fireworks
f. Aerosol or spray bottles (including those of sunscreen)
g. Glass
h. Recreational balls
i. Horns/Lasers
j. Illegal drugs
k. Alcoholic beverages of any kind
l. Pets (exceptions will be made for service animals)
n. Sticks/Poles/Camera “Selfie” Sticks/Extenders or Gimbals
o. Unmanned aircraft systems & radio controlled model aircraft/drones (strictly prohibited on stadium property including parking lots, stadium exterior and inside the stadium)
p. Food and drinks not purchased at the venue
4. Allowed Items
a. Ponchos if worn, carried over the arm, or in original sealed clear package
b. Blankets and/or towels if unrolled or unfolded
c. Small, handheld radios or TVs with earphones
d. Binoculars, worn around the neck or carried (not in a case)
e. Cameras with carry strap (not in a case)
f. Sunscreen lotion (no aerosol or spray bottles)
g. Banners and/or flags without sticks or poles
h. Laptops/tablets (not in a case)
i. Seat cushions
j. Umbrellas

5. General Security Protocols
No re-entry will be allowed into games if a patron leaves, and no tickets will be sold after the beginning of the 4th quarter for football and basketball. Parking lots will be cleared immediately after games, and no loitering or after parties will be allowed.

These rules were developed in conjunction with the Pasco Sheriff’s Office after violence occurred following two Florida high school football games this season, and after surveying other school districts that are implementing similar procedures. School leaders have discretion to implement additional rules. Rules and guidelines for other sporting events will be released as needed.

To view the complete procedures and see signage examples, click here.

Friday, September 07, 2018

Pasco Student’s Science Fair Project Earns Prestigious Recognition

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (September 7, 2018) – Hailey Mahadeen, currently a 9th grader at Sunlake High School, is one of 300 students in the nation named a Top Broadcom MASTERS finalist.  She was selected for her 8th grade science fair project - Cryoprotection ­- at Rushe Middle School last year.

Society for Science & the Public and Broadcom Foundation selected the top 300 middle school students from a pool of 2,537 entrants and more than 5,000 nominees from fairs across the United States.
The next step in the Broadcom MASTERS takes place on September 18, when a panel of expert scientists, engineers, and educators select 30 finalists from the Top 300 MASTERS.  The 30 finalists and a parent or guardian will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC, to attend the Broadcom MASTERS Finals Week competition from October 19-24.  Finalists will present their research and compete in hands-on challenges for top prizes, including funds to attend a STEM summer camp and the $25,000 Samueli Prize.

Click here to learn more about Broadcom Masters.  According to their press release, the Broadcom MASTERS consists of the top 10 percent of 6th, 7th and 8th grade projects entered in Society-affiliated fairs around the country.

A photo of Hailey is attached.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Pasco Schools, Offices to Close for Labor Day

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (August 31, 2018) – All Pasco County public schools and offices, including the PLACE before- and after-school program, will be closed on Monday, September 3, in observance of Labor Day.  Normal hours will resume on Tuesday, September 4.

District Seeks After School Enrichment Employees

Who: After School Enrichment Programs Department

What: Job Fair

When: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, September 17

Where: 7227 Land O Lakes Blvd., Building 2
Land O Lakes

Why: Pasco County Schools has openings across the district in before- and after- school enrichment programs.

How: Positions are available for childcare assistants, senior childcare assistants, assistant site managers, and site managers. Hours and locations vary by school site. Applicants must complete an application on the district website, where they also will find job descriptions and salary schedules. Applicants that meet the minimum qualifications based on their application (education background, working history, etc.) will be selected for interviews for appropriate positions. Offers of employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment drug/alcohol test and job-specific physical.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

District Implements Healthy Classroom Celebration Guidelines

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (August 29, 2018) – Foods for school celebrations often include unhealthy choices such as cupcakes, candy, cookies and soda. While there is nothing wrong with an occasional treat, unhealthy foods are often the norm rather than the exception.

That has changed in Pasco County Schools, with new requirements that birthday parties and classroom celebration food items meet USDA Smart Snack Standards and be prepared in a commercial kitchen.  The School Board’s Wellness Policy and Procedure 8510  recently was updated to comply with USDA Local School Wellness Policy requirements.

Celebration foods are available to parents to purchase for their child’s class through their school cafeteria.  For more information, go to Pasco Smart Snack Celebrations.

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