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Use Of School Facilities   

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The Governing Board recognizes that district facilities are a community resource whose primary purpose is to be used and preserved for school programs and activities. All school-related activities shall be given priority in the use of facilities and grounds. The Board authorizes the use of school facilities by community groups for purposes provided for in the Civic Center Act when such use does not interfere with school activities or the preservation of its infrastructure.

The Governing Board prohibits the use of alcohol and products containing tobacco and/or nicotine, including, but not limited to, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chew, clove cigarettes, and electronic nicotine delivery systems, such as electronic cigarettes, electronic hookahs, and other vapor emitting devices, with or without nicotine content, that mimic the use of tobacco products any time, in any school district-owned or leased building, on school property, and in school district vehicles.

(cf. 3513.3 - Tobacco-Free Schools/Smoking)

(cf. 6145.5 - Student Organizations and Equal Access)


The Board believes that school facilities provide an important link between the district and community but should not result in costs to the district. The Board may authorize the use of school room facilities without charge by nonprofit (tax-exempt) organizations and clubs or associations organized to promote youth and school activities. These groups include but are not limited to, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Camp Fire, Inc. and similar type organizations. Other groups requesting the use of school facilities under the Civic Center Act shall be charged at least direct costs.

The Superintendent or designee may require groups to certify to the district that an alternative location is unavailable for their activity before granting free or reduced fee use. If an alternative location is available, the district may charge direct costs for the use of school facilities.

Legal Reference:


10900-10916 Community Recreation Programs

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


24167 Implementation of tobacco use prevention program

ACLU of So. Calif. v. Bd. of Education of Los Angeles (1961) 55 Cal.2nd 167

ACLU of So. Calif. v. Bd. of Education of San Diego (1961) 55 Cal.2nd 906

ACLU of So. Calif. v. Bd. of Education of Los Angeles (1963) 59 Cal.2nd 203

ACLU of So. Calif. V. Bd. of Education of San Diego (1963) 59 Cal.2nd 224

Connell v. Higgenbotham (1971) 403 US 207, 91 S. Ct. 1772

Cole v. Richardson (1972) 405 US 676, 92 S.Ct. 1332

Lamb's Chapel v. Center Moriches Union Free School District (1993) 113 S.Ct. 2141


adopted: July 2000 Santa Barbara, California

revised: August 28, 2017