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Story Retrieval Date: 5/21/2013 2:34:20 AM CST
Frank Shuftan from the Chicago Public Schools office of communications said this year’s fan screenings had three components:
1. Every school that hosts an event must have a security plan on file. This details who is in charge of monitoring the students, restrooms and concession stands. The security plan has long been required, but in light of this year’s incidents, CPS more rigidly enforced its implementation.
2. Students attending their home team’s games must present a valid ID upon entry. Visiting team students must be screened and cleared by their own principal. The principal from the visiting school must provide a list of any students or adults who wanted to attend a game.
3. Varsity games were rescheduled to begin at 4 p.m. to discourage people from hanging around the schools late in the evenings. Prior to this rule, junior varsity games were played first, with the main contest beginning afterward. According to Calvin Davis, director of sports administration, 70 percent of Chicago Public Schools played varsity games first, but most of the incidents were happening at the 30 percent that started later in the evening.