WICHITA — The Wichita school district will once again allow inflatable slides, bounce houses and other similar rides at school events.
A memo issued to principals and parent-teacher groups on Tuesday noted new guidelines for renting recreational equipment, including inflatable rides.
The move lifts a districtwide ban on inflatables issued in April. The ban was prompted by a fatal fall at a Wichita inflatable amusement facility.
According to the new guidelines, certain inflatable rides and games still are not allowed at school functions, including "King of the Hill or similar types of rides."
Five-year-old Matthew Branham and family members were using a King of the Hill ride when the boy suffered his fatal fall in March.
Other rides or activities still banned from Wichita schools include dunk tanks, rides that feature water or bungee cords, and "combative" activities such as inflatable sumo wrestling or jousting.
The new guidelines also require rental companies to show copies of inspection and insurance certificates for each ride, supply trained operators to supervise rides, provide and tape down all extension cords and operate equipment according to manufacturers' recommendations.