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4260 Policy – Use of School Facilities

School facilities are provided by the public and should be made available to the community for uses when practical and such use does not conflict with the operations of the district. District-sponsored activities, including curricular and co-curricular functions, retain first priority in use of facilities. Authorization for use of school facilities will not be considered as endorsement or approval of the activity, group or organization.

The public will be expected to reimburse the district for such use to ensure that funds intended for education are not used for other purposes. The superintendent is authorized to establish procedures for use of school facilities, including rental rates, supervisory requirements, restrictions and security.

All users of district facilities must accept financial responsibility for any damage and must comply with the policy and procedure. Those using school facilities shall provide evidence of insurance for accidents and liability covering persons using the district’s facilities.

The district does not discriminate based on race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably-discharged veteran or military status, sex, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, marital status, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability and provides equal access to Boy Scouts of America and other designated youth groups.

Community athletics programs that use district facilities will not discriminate against any person on the basis of sex in the operation, conduct or administration of their programs. The district will provide copies of the district’s nondiscrimination policy to all third parties using district facilities upon request.

For rental rate purposes, organizations seeking the use of school facilities have been divided into four categories:

  1. District, School or Affiliated Groups
    District, school, and affiliated groups such as school athletic teams, staff committees, professional development of district staff, PTA, booster clubs, ASB and similar groups.
    Adult sponsorship and supervision is required. Generally, there is no facility use fee for these groups other than when the district incurs extra utility, custodial or supervision costs due to use or impact during and outside of regular school hours.
  2. Non-Profit Youth Centric Groups
    Non-profit youth centric group use includes activities conducted by those organizations whose main purpose is to promote the welfare of students. Such as Scouts, Campfire, 4-H and similar groups. Adult sponsorship and supervision is required. All rentals are at the discretion of the district. All non-profit organizations shall submit their IRS Determination Letter at the time of application. Facility use fees apply for these groups. Separate fees for space, utilities, custodial or supervision will be charged based on the current facility use fee schedule and costs incurred by the district dues to use or impact during and outside of regular school hours.
  3. Non-Profit Groups, Individual Community Members, Informal Groups, Religious Groups, Public Colleges, Universities and Government Agencies
    Non-profit groups, individual community members, informal groups, religious groups, public colleges, universities and government agencies may use school facilities for lectures, promotional activities, rallies, entertainment, courses, religious meetings or other similar activities. All rentals are at the discretion of the district. All non-profit organizations shall submit their IRS Determination Letter at the time of application.
    Facility use fees apply for these groups. Separate fees for space, utilities, custodial or supervision will be charged based on the current facility use fee schedule and costs incurred by the district due to use or impact during and outside of regular school hours.
  4. Commercial Enterprises

District facilities are available for use by commercial enterprises including for profit organizations and business-related enterprises at the discretion of the district.  All rentals are at the discretion of the district. Fair market facility use, utility, custodial and supervision fees apply based on the fee schedule and costs incurred by the district due to use or impact during and outside of regular school hours.

Use of District Kitchen and Cafeteria Facilities

District kitchen and cafeteria facilities are available for use by all rental groups with the exclusion of use as a commissary kitchen, additionally all use is at the discretion of the district.

Food safety standards are important to the health and safety of students, staff and the community.  Rules for food safety and sanitation will be in compliance with all Washington State Food Service Rules and Regulations of the State Board of Health as well as all local requirements as determined by the Whatcom County Health and Human Services Department.

The district will develop necessary food safety and sanitation standards to comply with health regulation requirements.  Standards are established to protect the health and safety of staff, students and community members. The superintendent or designee will ensure that each school administrators/supervisors monitor the operation of kitchen facility to comply with state and local food safety and health regulations and requirements.

 

Approved By: Greg Baker
Adopted: 11/10/94; 12/10/09; 04/13/15; 7/6/16
Signature Date: 08/23/18
Approved: Superintendent Approved
Cross References: Content
 

3422 Student Sports – Concussion, Head Injury and Sudden Cardiac Arrest

3210/3210P Nondiscrimination

4217/4217P Effective Communication


Legal References: Content
 

RCW 28A.230.180  Access to campus and student information directories by official recruiting representatives — Informing students of educational and career opportunities.

RCW 4.24.660 Liability of school districts under contracts with youth programs

RCW   28A.320.510   Night schools, summer schools, meetings, use of facilities

RCW 28A.335.150     Permitting use and rental of playgrounds, athletic fields, or athletic facilities

RCW 28A.335.155     Use of buildings for youth programs — Limited immunity

20 USC Sec. 7905       Boys Scout of America Equal Access Act

34 CFR Sec. 108.6      Equal Access to Public School Facilities For The Boy Scouts of America and Other Designated Youth Groups

AGO 1973 No. 26,      Initiative No. 276 – School districts — Use of school facilities for presentation of programs — Legislature — Elections


Management Resources: Content
 

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2013 – July Issue

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2011 – December Issue

2009 – August Issue