Washington-Local officials prioritize safety for return to class

Officials are focusing on safety for the new school year.

TOLEDO, Ohio — Students in the Washington Local have begun returning to class for the 2022-23 school year.

Students whose surnames begin with A to K began the new school year on Thursday. Students whose last names begin with L to Z start school on Friday.

District officials said they will make safety a priority at Washington Local this school year. The district renewed its efforts to improve security, especially at public events.

At Whitmer High School this year, all public events will use the district’s “spectator protocol,” which will require all guests 12 and older to submit to searches.

Searches can be visual or involve metal detector rods, district officials said. Visitors’ bags and clothing will also be searched.

Officials will check visitors for prohibited items, including weapons, fake weapons, spray cans, mace, pepper spray, lighters, matches, firearms, fireworks, knives, spiked objects, brass knuckles, martial arts weapons, stun guns, squirt guns and super dunkers or any other items that may be dangerous or inappropriate.

Visitors will also be prohibited from bringing alcohol, animals (unless they are accredited and helpers), clothing with profane or abusive language, containers such as coolers or bottles, confetti, streamers, balloons, noisemakers, laser pointers, illegal drugs, sports equipment or wrapped gifts. .

Any guest refusing to follow protocol will not be permitted entry. Online broadcasts of events will be published where possible. These rules are non-negotiable and will ensure a safe and carefree experience for all participants.

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Kristen T. Prall