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Manhattan Beach USD |  BP  1330  Community Relations

Use Of School Facilities   

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The Governing Board believes that school facilities and grounds are a vital community resource which should be used to foster community involvement and development. Therefore, the Board authorizes the use of school facilities by district residents and community groups for purposes specified in the Civic Center Act, to the extent that such use does not interfere with district programs, school activities, or other school-related uses.

(cf. 1400 - Relations Between Other Governmental Agencies and the Schools)

(cf. 6145.5 - Student Organizations and Equal Access)

The Superintendent or designee shall give priority to school-related activities in the use of facilities and grounds.

When district facilities and grounds are available at times that do not interfere with instructional and after school programs of the district/schools, student activities and/or other activities of school-related groups, district facilities and grounds may be reserved on a scheduled basis.

Beyond the use of school facilities by school-related groups and organizations, priority shall be given to users when the majority of its members reside within district boundaries.

In addition, when applications for use of facilities are submitted for approval on a concurrent basis, preference shall be given in the following order:

1. School support and youth groups

2. Community recreational groups

3. Public agencies and public affairs groups

4. Community cultural and special interest groups

5. Private, non-school-connected classes and educational events

6. Profit-making or commercial events, out-of-city groups, etc.

Thereafter, the use shall be on a first-come, first-served basis.

For the effective management and control of school facilities and grounds, the Superintendent or designee shall maintain procedures and regulations that: (Education Code 38133)

1. Aid, encourage, and assist groups desiring to use school facilities for approved activities

2. Preserve order in school facilities and on school grounds and protect school facilities, designating a person to supervise this task, if necessary

(cf. 0450 - Comprehensive School Safety Plan)

(cf. 3516 - Emergencies and Disaster Preparedness Plan)

3. Ensure that the use of school facilities or grounds is not inconsistent with their use for school purposes and does not interfere with the regular conduct of school work

Subject to prior approval by the Board, the Superintendent or designee may grant the use of school facilities on those days on which the school is closed. (Education Code 37220)

(cf. 6115 - Ceremonies and Observances)

There shall be no advertising on school facilities and grounds except as allowed by district policy specified in BP 1325 - Advertising and Promotion.

(cf. 1325 - Advertising and Promotion)

As necessary to ensure efficient use of school facilities, the Superintendent or designee may, with the Board's approval, enter into an agreement for the joint use of any school facilities or grounds. The Board shall approve any such agreement only if it determines that it is in the best interest of the district and the community.

(cf. 1330.1 - Joint Use Agreements)


The Board shall adopt a comprehensive schedule of fees to be charged for community use of school facilities and grounds, including, but not limited to, classrooms, multipurpose rooms, playing or athletic fields, track and field venues, tennis courts, outdoor basketball courts, and parking lots. The schedule of fees shall be prepared in accordance with 5 CCR 14037-14041. (5 CCR 14041)

(cf. 9320 - Meetings and Notices)

The Board authorizes the use of school facilities or grounds, without charge, by nonprofit

organizations and by clubs or associations organized to promote youth and school activities and school-related organizations whose activities are directly related to or for the benefit of district schools when custodial or other services are not an additional cost to the district.

In accordance with Education Code 38134(a), these groups include, but are not limited to, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Camp Fire USA, YMCA, parent-teacher associations, Manhattan Beach Education Foundation, MBX Foundation and school-community advisory councils, and recreational youth sports leagues that charge participants no more than an average of $60 per month. Other groups that request the use of school facilities under the Civic Center Act, including nonprofit groups not organized to promote youth and school activities and for-profit groups, shall be charged an amount not to exceed direct costs determined in accordance with 5 CCR 14037-14041.

Additionally, when any use of school facilities or grounds is for religious services, the district shall charge an amount at least equal to the district's direct costs. (Education Code 38134)

The facility coordinator/designee may require the groups identified above to certify that an alternative location, as identified by the facility coordinator/designee, is unavailable on the date and time of their scheduled event. If the facility coordinator/designee determines that an alternative district location is available, and the nonprofit organization, club or association declines to use the alternative location, the district may grant use of the original location requested by the organization, club, or association but such use shall be charged at least direct costs.

Should a nonprofit organization, club, or association want to use a school facility or grounds when custodial services are not available, the district will charge the direct cost of those services. The principal/designee shall first determine other times when the facility could be provided without charge and notify the nonprofit organization, club, or association of these dates and times.

Groups shall be charged fair rental value when using school facilities or grounds for entertainment or meetings where admission is charged or contributions solicited and net receipts are not to be expended for charitable purposes or for the welfare of the district's students. (Education Code 38134)

Calculating Direct Costs

In determining direct costs to be charged for community use of each, or each type of, school facility or grounds, the Superintendent or designee shall calculate, in accordance with 5 CCR 14038, the community's proportionate share of the following costs: (Education Code 38134; 5 CCR 14038-14041)

1. Capital direct costs calculated in accordance with 5 CCR 14039, including the estimated costs of maintenance, repair, restoration, and refurbishment of non-classroom space school facilities and grounds

2. Operational direct costs calculated in accordance with 5 CCR 14040, including estimated costs of supplies, utilities, janitorial services, other services of district employees and/or contracted workers, and salaries and benefits paid to district employees directly associated with the administration of the Civic Center Act to operate and maintain school facilities or grounds

Direct cost fees shall not be discounted to any group or organization except when the discount is specifically authorized in the adopted fee schedule. (5 CCR 14041)

In lieu of direct costs, the district may enter into an agreement that would substitute for direct costs, such as, in-kind services, trades, etc.

(cf. 1400 - Relations Between Other Governmental Agencies and the Schools)

Other Use of School Facilities and Grounds

Other use of school facilities and grounds that do not qualify under the conditions listed above must be approved by the Board, and fees will be determined at the time of approval.

Expending Funds Collected as Capital Direct Costs

Any funds collected as capital direct costs shall be deposited into a special fund to be used only for capital maintenance, repair, restoration, and refurbishment of school facilities and grounds. (5 CCR 14042)

Use of School Facility as Polling Place

The Board may authorize the use of school buildings as polling places on any election day, and may also authorize the use of school buildings, without cost, for the storage of voting machines and other vote-tabulating devices. However, if a city or county elections official specifically requests the use of a school building as a polling place, the Board shall allow its use for such purpose. Such requests must be made within sufficient time in advance of the school year for the Board to determine, on a school-by-school or districtwide basis, whether to keep the affected schools in session, designate the schoolday for staff training and development, or close the school to students and nonclassified employees before school calendars are printed and distributed to parents. If school will be in session, the Superintendent or designee shall identify to elections officials the specific areas of the school buildings not occupied by school activities that will be allowed for use as polling places. (Elections Code 12283)

(cf. 6111 - School Calendar)

When a school is used as a polling place, the Superintendent or designee shall provide the elections official a site with an adequate amount of space that will allow the precinct board to perform its duties in a manner that will not impede, interfere, or interrupt the normal process of voting and shall make a telephone line for Internet access available for use by local elections officials if so requested. He/she shall make a reasonable effort to ensure that the site is accessible to persons with disabilities. (Elections Code 12283)

The Superintendent or designee shall establish procedures to ensure student safety and minimize disruptions whenever school is in session while the facilities are being used as a polling place.

(cf. 3515.2 - Disruptions)

Legal Reference:


10900-10914.5 Community recreation programs

32282 School safety plan

37220 School holidays

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


25608 Alcoholic beverage on school premises


12283 Polling places: schools


54950-54963 The Ralph M. Brown Act


1800 Definitions


14037-14042 Proportionate direct costs for use of school facilities and grounds


7905 Equal access to public school facilities


Good News Club v. Milford Central School, (2001) 533 U.S. 98

Lamb's Chapel v. Center Moriches Union Free School District, (1993) 508 U.S. 384

Cole v. Richardson, (1972) 405 U.S. 676

Connell v. Higgenbotham, (1971) 403 U.S. 207

ACLU v. Board of Education of Los Angeles, (1961) 55 Cal .2d 167

Ellis v. Board of Education, (1945) 27 Cal.2d 322


82 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 90 (1999)

79 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 248 (1996)

Management Resources:


Maximizing Opportunities for Physical Activity Through Joint Use of Facilities, Policy Brief, February 2010

Building Healthy Communities: A School Leader's Guide to Collaboration and Community Engagement, 2009



California Department of Education:


adopted: September 3, 2008 Manhattan Beach, California

revised: July 19, 2017

revised: September 20, 2018

revised: October 3, 2018