8:40 Spectator Conduct at School Events
Any individual, including an adult, who behaves in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner during any school event or meeting, including School Board meetings in the Plainfield School District, may be ejected from the event by the administrator or designee in charge of the event. The individual is also subject to being denied admission to school events or meetings for up to one calendar year, provided the procedures contained in this policy are followed. The Superintendent or principal may exclude the person from attending future events pending a hearing before the Board. Examples of unsportsmanlike or disruptive conduct include, but are not limited to:
- Verbal harassment of participants, players, coaches, officials, and fans from our school or the opposing school.
- Using vulgar or obscene language or gestures.
- Possessing or being under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or illegal substance.
- Possessing a weapon, or any object that can reasonably be considered, or looks like, a weapon.
- Fighting or otherwise striking or threatening another person.
- Throwing objects/projectiles without authorization from the administration.
- Failing to obey the instructions of a security officer or School District employee.
- Engaging in any activity that is illegal or disruptive.
- Other inappropriate behavior deemed unsportsmanlike, disruptive, or disrespectful by the administrator or designee in charge of the event.
Procedures to Deny Future Admission to Plainfield School District Events or Meetings
Before any individual may be denied admission to school events or meetings as provided in this policy, the individual has a right to a hearing before the Board. The Superintendent or designee must provide the individual with a hearing notice, delivered or sent by certified mail with return receipt requested, at least 10 days before the Board hearing date. The hearing notice must contain:
- The date, time and place of the Board hearing,
- A description of the unsportsmanlike or disruptive conduct,
- The proposed time period that admission to school events will be denied, and
- Instructions on how to waive a hearing.
LEGAL REF.: 105 ILCS 5/24-24.
Nuding v. Cerro Gordo Community Unit School Dist., 730 N.E.2d 96 (Ill.App. 4, 2000).
CROSS REF.: 8:30 (Visitors to and Conduct on School Property)
ADOPTED: April 30, 2001
REVISED: June 22, 2009