Community Use of School Facilities
The superintendent will be responsible for the administration of the accompanying policy KF, Community Use of School Facilities.
The role of the facilities/maintenance director, other district staff person or administrator shall be that of assisting potential users in finding suitable space and providing technical assistance to appropriate building staff upon request.
After district activities have been scheduled, space will be available with attention to broad and equitable use of facilities. Alternate locations will be offered whenever possible if a particular building cannot accommodate all requests. All use is subject to the general guidelines and availability of district staff.
The superintendent will be responsible for notification of each principal and head custodian of the date and time of all building activities and the rooms reserved and for keeping a calendar of all rental commitments and reservations for regular school activities during the year.
Permission for use during the hours of the regular school day or during the period immediately after the closing of school which in the judgment of the principal may be necessary for school purposes will be refused.
Permission will not be granted for use Monday through Thursday evenings for any high school facility in which an adult school program is being conducted if in the judgment of the principal such use would interfere with or impede the conduct of the school program.
Fields will be available for approved community use. This use is subject to cancellation or adjustment due to weather or field conditions. Groups wishing reserved and exclusive use will be charged a fee based on the number of teams and fields used.
Application for use
Written approval will be required for use of a school building or grounds by any group which is not a part of the regular public school program. Such approvals which are considered to be a part of these regulations may be granted for a single use or a limited, continuing use.
The requestor must submit a completed application form for “Use of School Facilities” to the superintendent for approval, denial, or modification.
Approval will depend upon satisfactory assurance that the use of the school facility will be under the direct supervision of an adult who in the judgment of the superintendent is responsible and competent to supervise the proposed program or activity. The supervision provided by each renting group must be adequate to ensure that the members of the group remain in the assigned portion of the facility. If required by school officials, guards or uniformed police also must be provided at the expense of the user.
If approved, the activity will be added to the building master calendar and copies of the application will be completed and distributed to the head custodian, principal and applicant (one copy each):
Cancellation and revocation
The user must notify the superintendent if the intended use is canceled or adjusted. Repeated, short notification of cancellations may result in further building use being denied.
The district reserves the right to cancel building use permits should the space be needed for school or school-related activities. This privilege will be used only when necessary due to unavoidable circumstances and attempts will be made to offer alternative space. The district may revoke building use at any time. When this occurs, appropriate financial adjustments will be made.
- A regularly employed member of the custodial staff must be on duty during the use of any school building by groups to which permission has been granted.
- No permit will be transferred to any person or group other than the one to whom issued.
All applicable fire and safety laws/regulations governing use of school facilities must be observed at all times, including:
- Auditorium exit lights must be used.
- Open flame (including candles) is prohibited.
- Room capacity is not exceeded.
- Temporary electrical or mechanical modifications are prohibited.
- Flammable holiday or other decorations are prohibited.
- Stairways, corridors and entrances/exits must be kept free of obstruction at all times.
- No equipment, scenery or decorations of any type may be used within the building or on the premises except as specifically provided in the permit. Such equipment, scenery or decorations must be slow burning, must conform to all local and state regulations and must not be attached to the walls, floors or ceilings (except to anchors presently provided).
- Prohibited activities on district property
- Use or possession of alcohol and controlled substances. For purposes of this regulation, “controlled substances” means drugs identified and regulated under federal law, including but not limited to marijuana, cocaine, opiates, phencyclidine (PCP) and amphetamines (including methamphetamine). Failure to comply will be dealt with by local law enforcement agencies.
- Smoking, chewing or any other use of tobacco products within the building or on school grounds in accordance with state law and Board policy on tobacco-free schools. If an individual group does not comply with this policy or these regulations, the group will be denied use of district facilities for a period of no less than 18 months.
- All disruptive or illegal activity, including obscene language, quarreling or fighting.
- Unlicensed gambling.
- The approved party will be responsible for all damages and losses to the building and/or the contents and must indemnify and hold harmless the Board and its employees from any claim resulting from or arising out of the use of the school facilities named in the application or any part of the facilities covered in the application.
- The Board will not be held responsible for any damage or loss which may occur to non-school property brought on the premises. Such property must be removed from the facility immediately after the use or before such time that the materials will interfere with school activities.
- School district property insurance and comprehensive general liability insurance do not extend to community or other groups using school facilities.
- The district may require non-school groups to provide certificates of insurance.
All applications will be approved for specific rooms or fields. It will be the responsibility of the approved party to restrict the activities of the group to that specific area except for necessary hallways and restrooms. The approved party is responsible for not allowing unauthorized individuals into the approved area or activity. The presence of unauthorized individuals must be reported to the staff manager on duty.
Facility use times will be specified in the application. All groups are expected to vacate the premises by the hour specified. An additional hour rental may be charged for early arrival or late exit. All use permits will terminate by 10 p.m. Exceptions to this may be approved by the superintendent. No non-school groups will be permitted use of facilities on regularly scheduled school days prior to 4:30 p.m.
Facilities may be rented Monday through Friday as space is available and as such rental does not interrupt or disturb regular school activities. Saturday and Sunday use of school facilities may be permitted and will be subject to staff availability where applicable. Summer use may be limited due to custodial work schedules.
- Clean up
General clean up will be the responsibility of the approved party. Rubbish must be removed from the facility immediately after use or before such time as it will interfere with school activities. Additional fees will be charged for clean up when deemed necessary.
Guidelines for religious use
Facilities may be used for religious activities under the following conditions:
- Church services and religious activities must be conducted at times when school is not in session.
- Religious objects and symbols must be removed after each use.
All users are subject to laws and regulations applicable to school districts which prohibit discrimination based upon age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, race, color, ancestry, creed, religion, marital status, disability or need for special education services.
No rental fee will be charged to the following:
- School-affiliated groups such as parent-teacher organizations, school-related parent and community groups, or employee groups of an educational, recreational, social or professional nature as approved by the superintendent.
- Governmental entities using facilities as a polling place.
- Precinct caucuses.
A nominal non-refundable fee will be charged the following groups for each application. No additional rental charges will be made if their activities take place when normal supervisory or custodial personnel are present or use is restricted to fields.
- Community-sponsored groups that do not charge a fee and whose main purpose is to hold an informative meeting that is open to the public (such as League of Women Voters, political parties, local neighborhood organizations and recognized community service groups).
- Community-sponsored youth and senior citizen activities when:
- Instructors or supervisors receive no payment for their involvement in that activity.
- Fees for the activity, if any, provide only for direct non-personnel costs.
Commercial, private, church and other non-profit groups that do not meet the criteria in Category 2 and for-profit groups and individuals may rent school facilities when their use is not incompatible with Board policy.
- General fees
A group using any school facility will be charged for each morning, afternoon or evening session that the facility is used. Basic charges for heat, lights and space will be as follows:
Category 1 Category 2 Category 3
(General) (Non-commercial) (Commercial)
Any classroom NC $30+custodian $50+custodian
Cafeteria without kitchen NC $30+custodian $75+custodian
Cafeteria with kitchen NC $15+custodian&cook $75+custodian&cook
Elementary School gym NC $30+custodian $75+custodian
Middle School gym NC $30+custodian $100+custodian
High School gym NC $100+custodian $200+custodian+10%
Elementary auditorium NC $100+custodian $100+custodian+10%
High School stadiums NC $100 $350+10%
Separate and additional charges will be made for cooks and custodial and maintenance services as follows:
- When school facilities are used, the custodian rate will be $25.00 per hour with a minimum charge for two hours. The time will start when the employee opens the doors of the building.
For those facilities where a custodian is regularly on duty during the rental, the user may be charged up to two hours per use at the current custodial salary rate to compensate for additional work required in opening, securing, cleaning, etc., related to the rental.
- When kitchen facilities are used, the charge for the cook will be at the rate of $20.00 per hour. These charges will be in addition to all others.
A school cafeteria manager or other designated cafeteria employee(s) must be present for general supervision of the cafeteria/kitchen. All persons working in the kitchen (preparing food and/or handling kitchen equipment) must meet state and county requirements for school food handlers. The user will pay the district in accordance with the fee schedule for all cafeteria personnel. The user will be given and must abide by a set of guidelines for kitchen use.
All users will be expected to pay rental fees in advance. Organizations that have made prior arrangements with the superintendent may pay on a monthly basis. Organizations wishing to pay on a monthly basis should submit a request in writing. Failure to pay as per agreement may result in denial of access to the facility and future requests being denied. Checks should be made out to the Huerfano Re-1 School District and forwarded to the district business office.
- Financial accountability
It will be the responsibility of the school principal to ensure that revenue received is forwarded to the business office for deposit to the appropriate accounts. Fees collected for salaries will be used to reimburse those accounts. Fees collected for facility rental/use will be deposited in the district general fund.
- Fee revision
All fees are listed in the accompanying exhibit and are designed to reflect these regulations. These fees are subject to review and revision and may be adjusted annually by the Board.
Guidelines for denial of use
The district reserves the right to deny building use for any reason. Approval will be denied if in the judgment of the superintendent the proposed activities would:
- Jeopardize the equipment and/or facilities of the building.
- Conflict with school activities.
- Be incompatible with the school neighborhood.
- Violate any Board policy or local, state or federal law.
Guidelines for appeal
The applicant may file a written appeal to the superintendent if a use application has been denied by the superintendent. Further appeal, if necessary, may be made to the Board of Education.
Approved: prior to 1970
Revised: November 14, 1978
Revised: December 14, 1993
Revised: August 20, 2002
Revised: August 9, 2005
Revised: September 23, 2014
LEGAL REFS.: C.R.S. 18-18-407 (2) (crime to sell, distribute or possess any controlled substance on or near school grounds or school vehicles)?
C.R.S. 22-32-109 (1)(bb) (board duty to prohibit use of tobacco products on school property and at school-sponsored activities)
C.R.S. 24-10-101 et seq. (Colorado Governmental Immunity Act)?
C.R.S. 24-34-601 (discrimination in places of public accommodation)
C.R.S. 24-34-602 (penalty and civil liability for unlawful discrimination)
C.R.S. 25-1.5-106 (12)(b) (possession or use of medical marijuana in or on school grounds or in a school bus is prohibited)
C.R.S. 25-14-103.5 (use of tobacco products on school property is prohibited)
CROSS REF.: ADC, Tobacco-Free Schools
Huerfano School District Re-1, Walsenburg, Colorado