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Folsom Cordova USD |  BP  1000  Community Relations

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The Governing Board desires to represent the community and provide leadership in addressing community issues related to education. In order to identify community concerns and enlist support for the schools, the Board shall establish effective two-way communication systems between schools and the community.

Schools, parents/guardians, community members and local organizations must continually collaborate as partners. The Board and the Superintendent or designee shall work together with city and county agencies and organizations to promote and facilitate coordinated services for children, and shall seek to develop partnerships with local businesses.

(cf. 1020 - Youth Services)

(cf. 1700 - Relations between Private Industry and the Schools)

The Board recognizes that schools are an important community resource and encourages community members to make appropriate use of school facilities. School sites that contain outdoor recreational resources may be available to the public for use during non-school hours unless there is a history of vandalism that would necessitate locking gates during non-school hours or as otherwise provided within this policy. As used within this policy, the term "outdoor recreational resources" shall include, but not be limited to athletic fields, ball walls, basketball courts, open fields, picnic tables, playgrounds, and play structures. High School football stadiums, tennis courts, and swimming pools are exempt from this policy and any unsupervised public access is hereby prohibited.

The district may prohibit or limit the use of outdoor recreational resources for any reasons such as usage by school athletic events, or other types of school-sponsored after school activities, joint use or contractual agreements involving the city or a community organization, construction or renovation, or school site vandalism posing an ongoing financial burden to the district.

Fencing may be used at school sites as a way to direct the public to specific points of access during school hours and to outdoor recreational resources. Fencing should be utilized in the least restrictive manner to achieve its purposes. Points of access to outdoor recreational resources may include gates with locking mechanisms provided that such gates shall be in the open position during non-school hours, unless an exception applies. The use of security cameras, in coordination with where gates might be placed, would be considered beneficial when practical. Any school site that is adjacent to a city park shall have direct access as practical, during non-school hours, between the properties unless agreed otherwise by the school board, city council, or local parks and recreation district.

Community members are also encouraged to attend Board meetings, participate in school activities, and take an active interest in issues that affect the schools. The Board and Superintendent or designee shall keep community members well informed about district needs and accomplishments and shall ensure that they have opportunities to share in developing educational policies, programs and evaluation processes.

(cf. 0420.5 - School-Based Decision Making)

(cf. 0510 - School Accountability Report Card)

(cf. 1220 - Citizen Advisory Committees)

(cf. 1240 - Volunteer Assistance)

(cf. 1330 - Use of School Facilities)

(cf. 6020 - Parent Involvement)

(cf. 6141 - Curriculum Development and Evaluation)

(cf. 9323 - Meeting Conduct)

The Board recognizes that its ability to fulfill the community's expectations for a high-quality educational program depends on the level of support provided by the state and federal government as well as the community. The Board therefore shall study legislative processes and issues, establish ongoing relationships with state and local leaders and the media, adopt positions on key issues, set priorities for advocacy, and collaborate with other organizations and coalitions in legislative and legal advocacy efforts.

(cf. 1112 - Media Relations)

(cf. 1160 - Political Processes)

(cf. 9000 - Role of the Board)

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

35160 Authority of governing boards

35172 Promotional activities

Policy FOLSOM CORDOVA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: January 28, 2010 Folsom, California

revised: August 29, 2019