CRANFORD, NJ – The Cranford Board of Education has enacted a policy to ensure safety and security at highly attended events, including sports games and graduation.

The policy was recommended by Cranford law enforcement last October and approved by the Board in May.

“This policy is meant to promote a safe environment at Board-sponsored extra-curricular events by enhancing the safety and security at such events for both participants and attendees,” the policy reads. “The policy emerged from the Board’s ongoing review of its school security policies, in consultation with the Cranford Police Department. It shall take effect starting with the events during the 2017-18 school year.”

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The new safety and security measures include restrictions for the sizes and types of bags permitted for attendees at Board-sponsored events. Attendees are encouraged to leave bags at home. The following will be permitted: A clear bag no larger than 12" x 15" x 3", a small clutch bag or wristlet no larger than 4” x 6” x 1”, medically necessary items, diaper bags, and loose items including coats, blankets, cushions, iPads, baby carriers and slings. Cameras and binoculars will be allowed, but the bags for them are not permitted.

“Any attendee not complying with this policy shall be denied entry to the event or asked to leave the event,” the policy reads.

Attendees will not be permitted to bring backpacks, fanny packs, purses, string bags, messenger bags, camera bags, briefcases, roll bags, binocular cases and duffle bags.

There will not be provisions for leaving prohibited items at the gates or doors.