District of Columbia - Community Use of Public School Facilities: Partnerships

Area: 
Partnerships
Policy Type: 
Regulation
Summary: 

State laws encourages and/or incentivizes the community use of school buildings and property for recreation or other purposes.

District of Columbia Municipal Regulations 3501 PERMISSIBLE USES OF BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS

3501.1 The Board of Education may grant the use of or lease public school buildings and grounds by or for any of the following persons, organizations or agencies:
(a) Any agency or agencies of the District of Columbia Government, the United States Government, or any international organization;
(b) Any person or organization providing an educational or recreational program involving students of the D.C. Public Schools, other children, youth, or adults;
(c) Any person or organization providing a supplementary educational program;
(d) Any person or organization conducting civic meetings for the free discussion of public questions;
(e) Any person or organization operating a social center, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • (1) A pre-school center, child development center, or day care center;
  • (2) A health clinic or a counseling service;
  • (3) A community service program;
  • (4) A community-based consumer cooperative; or
  • (5) A studio or workshop for instruction, display, performance, or promotion of the arts, or for other art-related purposes;
    (f) Any person or organization operating a playground or center for recreational activities; or
    (g) A person or organization for any other use considered to be compatible with the normal use of the particular property and in the best interests of the local community, other than industrial uses, and which does not require major structural renovations at cost to the District of Columbia Government to implement a particular agreement or lease.

3501.2 Among those listed in § 3501.1, preference shall be given to agencies of the District of Columbia Government; provided, that the use is pursuant to an executed use agreement or lease and that the use is compatible with existing School System programs.

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