As of May 30, 2022, the General Assembly adopted 2022 Am.Sub.S.B. No. 181 (“S.B. 181”), which precludes schools, interscholastics, and/or athletic organizations from regulating religious apparel worn by participants during interscholastic athletics or extracurricular activities. R.C. 3313.5317(A).
Pursuant to R.C. 3313.5317(B), schools and organizations may limit religious apparel only if wearing the apparel poses a “legitimate danger” to the participant. R.C. 3313.5317(C) provides that any member or employee of the district board of education will not be liable in damages in a civil action if the member or employee of the district board of education is performing their duties pursuant to the statute. A member or employee of the district board of education, however, will not be exempt from liability if the member or employee of the district board of education performs their duties in a willful or wanton manner. As mentioned in R.C. 3313.5317(D), any school district or school member who violates this section and is not immune pursuant to R.C. 3313.5317(B)-(C), will be subject to civil action for damages, injunctive relief, or any other appropriate relief.
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Authors: Matthew John Markling and the McGown & Markling Team.
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