In the interest of enhancing existing security measures at Mississippi School of the Arts public events, a new clear-bag protocol is being implemented for the 2023-2024 school year. This is aligned with high schools across our state implementing these efforts for the safety of their students, staff, and community.

While individuals are highly encouraged not to bring any type of bag to MSA events, the following is a brief outline of bags that are permitted:

  • Bags that are clear, plastic or PVC
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar)
  • Small clutch bag, with or without a handle or strap (not exceeding 4.5” X 6.5” –approximately the size of a hand)

Prohibited bags include but are not limited to: Purses larger than a clutch bag, briefcases, backpacks, cinch bags, and fanny packs that are not clear and/or exceed the size restriction; luggage or any kind, computer bags/cases, camera bags/cases, binocular bags/cases, or any bag larger than permissible size.

We appreciate your cooperation.

Thank you,

Suzanne Hirsch, Ed.D.
Executive Director
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