District explains tightened student attendance rules for City League football games

Published: Sep. 23, 2021 at 5:54 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - The Wichita school district on Thursday, Sept. 23, announced new rules in place for attendance at football games in the Greater Wichita Athletic League (City League).

Beginning immediately, high school student attendance will be limited to students from the two competing schools and all students must have their student IDs available in order to get into the game.

The district said middle and elementary students must be accompanied by a responsible adult and students may not be dropped off at the game to attend without a responsible adult present.

Middle school students will also be expected to present their ID, the district said.

Parents can continue to attend with no changes to the guidelines. Wichita school district leaders say the changes will help bring the safest environment for games after some disturbances.

“The concern is that there were young people that weren’t from competing schools, that, for whatever reason, felt it was a good idea to show up and bring behaviors that we aren’t going to accept from any students,” said USD 259 spokesperson Wendy Johnson.

The district said it will continue its security measures with the presence of Wichita police, board of education security, school resource officers and administration.

“The BOE security officers and the SROs get to know kids, they’re in buildings all day,” Johnson said.

From this, she said the officers build “positive, proactive relationships” and can recognize when there are kids present who don’t need to be at the games. Johnson said the district wants strong attendance at games with everyone feeling safe and able to enjoy themselves.

“We know you join us in expecting our football games to be filled with competition, school spirit and fun, while at the same time being as safe as possible for all involved. Thank you in advance for supporting these new guidelines,” a letter to parents and guardians from Wichita Public Schools Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Schools Amanda Kingrey said.

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