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HCHS changes football attendance protocols / October 07, 2021

Halifax County High School is making changes for attendance at its home football games after a series of incidents at previous games.

It is the desire of Halifax County High School to provide patrons, fans, athletes, and visitors a safe and enjoyable experience when attending home football games and activities. Due to a number of previous disruptions at Halifax County High School football games, the high school will be implementing the following protocols:

All HCHS students in good standing will have the opportunity to purchase game tickets prior to the game during lunch. (One ticket per student).

Tickets will be available for purchase at the gate for individuals who are 16 and older with a driver’s license, or valid form of identification.

Individuals under the age 16 years, or without a valid ID must be accompanied by and must sit with their parent(s) or legal guardian(s).

Anyone causing a disruption during the event, or who fails to comply with HCHS Comet Fan Code of Conduct for athletic events (see below) will be removed from the athletic event. HCPS students will also be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with HCPS Code of Conduct.

All fans are expected to be seated in the bleachers unless visiting the concession stand and/or using the restroom facilities. Only athletes/cheerleaders/halftime performers, officials, school personnel, or law enforcement are permitted to stand outside the confines of the bleachers during the event.

As in the past, HCHS will continue with the following safety protocols:

No bags will be allowed, including bookbags. Attendees are allowed a small clutch purse not to exceed seven inches. Diapers and non-medically necessary items for babies and young children must be carried in a clear bag.

Metal detectors may be used. All items are subject to search at all entrances.

Halifax County High School is committed to a safe and respectful playing environment and game day experience that respects the rights of each and every guest. All fans are expected to abide by the standards of behavior as outlined in our Comet Fan Code of Conduct.

The Comet Fan Code of Conduct requires guests to refrain from the following:

Behavior that is unruly, disruptive, threatening, or illegal in nature.

Foul or abusive language, obscene gestures and/or disparaging commentary.

Verbally arguing or causing a disturbance.

Fighting, battery, assault, any type of physical violence, instigation, incitement, or encouragement of a confrontation.

Failing to follow instructions of HCHS administration and law enforcement.

Offensive language or obscene gestures, to include the use of such language or gestures concerning a person’s race, ethnicity, color, gender, religion, creed, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or national origin; or to instigate, incite or encourage a confrontation or physical/verbal assault and/or battery.

Any conduct deemed inappropriate or dangerous to fans, participants or team members (including, but not limited to Virginia High School League guidelines for expected conduct at VHSL sanctioned events).

Conduct that results in damage to school property or other personal property.

Smoking and/or vaping.

Intoxication or other signs of alcohol or substance use/impairment that results in irresponsible behavior.

Possession of banned substances, items, and/or weapons,

Violators of the Comet Fan Code of Conduct will be removed from the athletic event.

Violators may be restricted from future games and students are subject to the HCPS code of conduct.

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