Backpacks, Purses, Bags NOT Allowed During School Hours at Geneva High School

Policy update: Concern is about carrying illegal items. Students are allowed to carry a wallet or other similar case to carry such items during the school day.

You can carry a backpack, purse or bag to Geneva High School, but you can't use it during the school day, according to a revised policy note sent Tuesday by School District 304.

A District 304 Connects e-blast says "backpacks, purses, or bags of any kind will not be permitted during school hours. Students may use bags and purses to and from school but will be required to leave them in their lockers after the day has begun."

Personal belongings can be carried in a small strapless case, such as a wallet, make-up case, or pencil case, District 304 said.

The rationale?

Backpacks have been prohibited at Geneva High School for many years, but the decision to limit the use of purses to before or after school came about in part due to concerns regarding the size of purses, many of which are as large or are larger than a backpack.

Also factoring into the decision were concerns that students could carry inappropriate or illegal items in purses throughout the school day. Because it is recognized that students may need to carry personal items throughout the day, students are allowed to carry a wallet or other similar case to carry such items.

The high school also revised its policy on cell phones and other electronic devices.

Students are extended the privilege of possessing and using portable electronic devices on school grounds.

"However, where a quiet atmosphere is expected, such as classrooms, detention or computer labs, these devices must be powered off and may not be visible," District 304 said.

Students who violate the policy are subject to appropriate disciplinary consequences. The e-blast did not say specifically what those consequences might be.

Students are allowed to utilize portable electronic devices in the hallways during passing periods as well as in the cafeteria during lunch periods.

At a teacher’s discretion, students may be allowed to use electronic devices for educational purposes.

The policy was instituted on a trial basis during the 2011-12 school year.

"Upon seeing the educational benefits of increased access to technology, the decision was made to implement this policy on a permanent basis," District 304 said.

SOURCE: 304 Connects, a Geneva Community School District 304 subscription service

marsha engle August 15, 2012 at 02:31 PM
I bet it was a guy that made this rule. Every woman on the planet knows what I mean.
Kate Bennett August 15, 2012 at 02:41 PM
How the heck are you supposed to get through a day without a bag if you're female? I am just going to say it. Tampons. There I said it. This is the most illogical thing I have ever seen.
Lisa R August 15, 2012 at 03:17 PM
I agree whole heatedly! This is the most ridiculous policy I have seen. How about limiting the size of the purse instead of making it hand held. Those kids have enough to carry throughout the day without having to balance a "wallet" on top! Also, only carrying it once a month would be like waving a flag. Very insensitive policy!!
AARON August 15, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Really??? This is a joke for ALL females.
Jimmy August 15, 2012 at 04:06 PM
The policy allows small makeup cases which are definitely large enough to accommodate tampons, or even pads. For security reasons alone (not to mention fairness), you do NOT forbid backpacks, yet allow purses, especially since many girls carry HUGE purses!
Bob Loblaw August 15, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Too bad the administration is focused more on petty restrictions than the actual quality of the education. Glad to see nothing has changed. Let's ban pockets, clothes that are too loose, and bodily orifices while we're at it!
Hoodatis August 16, 2012 at 12:08 AM
I couldn't agree more. Well said.
Amy Swanson August 16, 2012 at 04:19 AM
Taylor I'm with you. Luckily for me, I'm a senior. They can't do this to us! I'm carrying my purse anyway. I have 2 purses, and I hope they'll allow my tiny black one that can barely fit my wallet, pencils, and supplies. Geneva has made a lot of dumb rules in the past few years alone, and they've been broken. We can't wear tight clothes? I saw practically every girl last year wearing skinny jeans/leggings/PINK yoga pants. No grinding? How many couples did I see grinding at Homecoming? Nearly everyone. The only good rule is that we can use our cell phones during passing periods and at lunch.
Amy Swanson August 16, 2012 at 04:23 AM
Considering the principal and all the Deans are male, I'm not surprised.
Arlton August 16, 2012 at 04:34 AM
Oh for crying out loud, you gals can buy your Kotex in the vending machines and leave your purses with the "water" bottles at home! Half the kids are crocked by noon on a friday sipping those "water" bottles!
Joe Thompson August 16, 2012 at 04:44 AM
A voice of reason in these comments, finally.
Joe Thompson August 16, 2012 at 05:08 AM
People can easily break into a locker? Not true at all if you lock it. Unless other students are strolling around with crowbars or something Over my four years I did not witness one locker break in so it really sounds like you're just making up crap to complain about. Right now you're just making lame excuses. Thousands of students have survived high school without a purse to carry their stuff (try every male student to ever go to GHS) You think it's physically impossible to get from class to class while stopping at your locker? I don't know where to start with that one. You get 5 minutes between each period which is more than enough time. Maybe you'll have to carry two classes worth of stuff at a time. A herculean task, I know. I (and countless other classmates) made it through 4 years of stopping at our lockers and were not tardy even once. Such mind blowing stupidity within your two comments. If not being able to bring a freaking purse to school is the worst thing that ever happens to you, your life will have been amazing. Very mature with your prison and Nazi comments too. Of all the great atrocities in the world, the enforcement of a rule banning large purses ranks up there with the Holocaust, obviously. Oh, and maybe not having your purse will give you more time to listen to your English teachers. Punctuation use, your vs you're, capitalization, the like. You'll need that stuff for when you graduate "prison" I believe!
Brooke Martin August 16, 2012 at 12:44 PM
I feel uncomfortable going back to school with all of these new rules this year. If it isn't stressful enough already, now I have to worry about all of these new things. My anxiety is sky rocketing. Also, I carry around health things. Such as my inhaler and my eppy pen. Its not something I can fit in a small bag, neither something I can live without. I understand banning the large bags, but small purses were never much of a problem.
Brooke Martin August 16, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Without both at hand, if anything poses a problem to my physical health, my throat will close in 5 minutes and I will suffocate. Bear with me, I have something to be scared about. And the fact that I'll have to go to school every day scared that I'll die that day isn't healthy emotionally either. I'm actually considering switching schools or being home schooled.
Rick Nagel (Editor) August 16, 2012 at 01:56 PM
I had to delete a comment by Taylor due to the language. It was a good comment otherwise, and I encourage you to re-post without the offending intransitive verb.
Kara F August 16, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Brooke, An Epi pen and an inhaler will both fit in a small purse. If you read the policy, it is strictly in regards to large oversized bag purses which are the "style now". A small cute regular size purse is big enough to hold your medical supplies, that are obviously necessary as well as any feminine needs. No one would argue what you need to stay safe at school. That is not the goal. Health and safety of the students is the priority.
asdfghjkl August 16, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Arlton, I'm not going to stick cardboard from those vending machines up my vagina. Those are the most uncomfortable tampons ever. So I'm still bringing my purse. ;)
Elaine Lane August 17, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Alex August 17, 2012 at 02:03 PM
the amount of people complaining about this have no idea. Last year the rules said no backpacks or purses large enough to carry a textbook. Those were not followed, so they changed the rule to exclude purses completly. Thats how it is. It is not like this rule doesn't effect the males in the school either. As a student at both geneva and fvcc, I carry my automotive tools with me to kaneland for class. I can not now due to this rule, and that makes my day alot harder. Do I not like it, yes, it is aggravating, do I feel this has been blown out of preportion? Yes, very much so.
Mr. Ed August 20, 2012 at 11:33 AM
OK...while we are at it....make sure all these hip males wear their pants above their waist...say about 4" above their belly button.....get real. What is the world coming too. Who makes these rules. Think it through!
Haley August 22, 2012 at 03:05 AM
The rule about having an oversized purse was written but never ENFORCED. The rule could have easily been followed if deans and teachers actually took action and told girls try couldn't wear an oversized bag. Get real if you think every student sits down and reads the school policies in the handbook. There was also no heads up or warning about this new psychotic rule, thanks.
beckysensei August 22, 2012 at 03:55 AM
...said a MAN. How the hell do you know what's large enough to carry tampons or pads? Ever had to carry them yourself?
beckysensei August 22, 2012 at 03:59 AM
Could you have left the comment and edited the language? Put in a few ***s instead?


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