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High schools agree to changes for athletic events; safety and fun at heart of new practices

Fayette County Public Schools is committed to making its campuses among the safest in the nation, and as such, continually looks for ways to improve the district’s practices. High school athletic events are an important part of building school spirit and culture. FCPS values these experiences and traditions not only for students but also for the community. The district asks everyone to help schools provide a safe and fun experience for all participants. 

The following changes, which take effect immediately, stem from an incident during the fourth quarter of the football game between Frederick Douglass and Bryan Station high schools in August. Fans were unnecessarily alarmed when unaccompanied minor students falsely shouted that someone had a gun. In reality, there was no threat. This incident provided the perfect opportunity for the high school principals to come together and examine practices in order to look for ways to enhance safety during athletic events. Although each school has authority to set its own practices in this area, the six public high schools have agreed to consistently adhere to the following:

  • Football games between two FCPS teams will kick off at 6:30 p.m. instead of 7:30 p.m.
  • Students cannot bring backpacks or large bags into evening high school athletic events. School officials reserve the right to search bags carried by adults.
  • Students younger than high school age must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Outside food or drinks are not allowed at games.

These expectations go into effect this week, Sept. 6, 2019.




Lisa Deffendall, district spokeswoman
(859) 381-4101 or 699-1441