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Elk Grove USD  |  BP  1330  Community Relations

Use Of School Facilities   

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The Board of Education recognizes that it is desirable that community use be made of school facilities when such use does not impinge upon the educational program. The district is, therefore, committed to the concept of encouraging the use of its facilities by community groups during those hours in which curricular and extra-curricular school programs are not using them.

While it is the intention of the Board to provide the community the widest possible access to school facilities, practical economics dictate that community use will not take place at the expense of the regular school program.

Those parts of the school buildings or facilities appropriate for public use shall be used by community groups and organizations for those purposes consistent with the law, the school use of facilities, and the proper care and maintenance of district property.

It is the Board's intention that the district comply with the intent, requirements, limitations and restrictions of the Civic Center Act, Education codes 38130-38139. Rules and regulations for such non-school use of facilities shall be developed and communicated to the community. Such rules shall include:

1. Eligible Organizations

2. Use for private profit

3. Application and approval procedures

4. Fee schedules

5. Supervision requirements

Types of Activities Permitted

1. Public, literary, scientific, recreational, educational, or public agency meetings.

2. Discussions of matters of general or public interest.

3. The conduct of religious services for temporary periods by any church or religious organization which has no suitable meeting place for the conduct of services. The Board must charge the church or religious organization a fee at least equal to the district's direct costs.

4. Child care or day care programs to provide supervision and activities for children of preschool and elementary school age.

5. Examinations for personnel selection or the instruction of precinct Board members, by public agencies.

6. Supervised recreational activities.

7. Mass care and welfare shelters, by such public agencies as the American Red Cross, during disasters or other emergencies affecting the public health and welfare; and the provision of any services deemed necessary by the Board to meet the needs of the community.

8. Other purposes deemed appropriate by the Board.

Types of Activities Prohibited

1. Any use by any individual, society, group or organization for the commission of any act intended to further any program or movement whose purpose is the overthrow of the government of the United States or of the state by force, violence or other unlawful means. (Education Code 38135)

2. Any use of school facilities or grounds which is inconsistent with school purposes or interferes with the regular conduct of school or school work.

3. Commercial advertising.

4. Fund-raising campaigns except as permitted by Board policy or special action of the Board.

5. Activities which are discriminatory in the legal sense.

6. Any activities which involve the possession, consumption or sale of alcoholic beverages or any restricted substance on school property.

The superintendent is directed to develop a schedule of fees and/or rentals based on Education Code 38134 of the New Civic Center Act: 38130, et seq.

Granting of Approval

The Superintendent or his/her designee is authorized to encourage, approve, and arrange for scheduling the use of school facilities by applicants satisfying the above purposes and limitations. The district may exclude certain school facilities from non-school use for safety or security reasons.

Persons or organizations applying for the use of school facilities also shall submit a statement of information indicating that the organization upholds the state and federal constitutions. (Exhibit 1330)

Pursuant to the provisions of the Education Code, the following persons and groups are permitted to use the food service facilities (e.g., kitchen).

1. Members of the staff of the State Department of Education and the office of the County Superintendent of Schools.

2. Members of parent-teacher organizations.

3. Guests of district employees.

Legal Reference:


10900-10916 Community recreation programs

39872 Persons entitled to purchase food; non-school use of cafeteria facilities

38130-38138 Civic Center Act: use of school property for public purposes


25608 Consumption, sale of alcohol on school grounds


adopted: October 1, 1984 Elk Grove, California

revised: November 6, 1989

revised: November 2, 2010

revised: July 10, 2012