Backpacks, purses banned in Collinsville gym and stadium – Alton Telegraph

Collinsville school officials announced Wednesday that fans and visitors are prohibited from bringing backpacks, bags and purses to events at the school’s stadium and gym.
COLLINSVILLE — School officials in Collinsville on Wednesday announced that, effective immediately, fans and visitors are prohibited from bringing backpacks, bags and purses to Collinsville High School stadium and gymnasium athletic events. 
“This change is being made preemptively, and out of an abundance of caution, to provide the safest possible environment for our students, families and fans,” said Collinsville Superintendent Dr. Mark B. Skertich. “These changes implement policies similar to what other high schools, colleges and large venues require of their guests.”
Any necessary bags — such as medically essential bags and diaper bags when accompanying an infant or toddler — will be subject to search by school and security personnel. Clear bags are not allowed.
School officials said the guidelines and protocols are designed to provide a “safe, secure and positive experience” for student athletes and spectators at events in Kahok Stadium and the Vergil Fletcher Gymnasium. 
The school district also requires all elementary, intermediate and middle school students to be accompanied to a game by a parent, guardian or responsible adult.
Ron DeBrock is a 40-year journalist who has led publications in Illinois, Arkansas and Missouri. He joined The Telegraph in Alton in 2019 as its managing editor.


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