The public schools are owned and operated by and for their patrons. To ensure that the schools become an integral part of the community, the Lake Washington School District shall encourage community groups to use school facilities and shall cooperate with park departments and other governmental agencies to run community programs in school facilities.
School sponsored activities shall have first priority, cities and other governmental agencies with whom the district has a joint-use interlocal agreement shall have second priority, non-profit youth organization residing within the Lake Washington School District shall have third priority, non-profit adult organizations residing in the Lake Washington School District shall have fourth priority, other non-profit organizations shall have fifth priority and private and commercial groups the last priority. The right to authorize use of school facilities shall be retained by the board and/or the superintendent through the appointed unit administrators consistent with this policy and such implementing regulations as the superintendent may issue.
Authorization for use of school facilities shall not be considered as endorsement of or approval of the activity group or organization nor the purposes they represent.
Groups wishing to use district facilities for public activities must ensure that accommodations are available to provide access to individuals with disabilities who wish to participate in the activity or program. Users may request consultation and/or services from the district in providing special accommodations to disabled persons. Disabled persons should contact the group leader no later than three (3) days before the activity so that special arrangements can be made.
Limited Open Forum
Lake Washington School District is considered to have a "Limited Open Forum" in its secondary schools because it allows the opportunity for non-curriculum related student groups to meet on school premises during noninstructional time. Noninstructional time is defined as time set aside by the school before actual classroom instruction begins or after actual classroom instruction ends. Time allowed for such meetings shall not exceed one hour and must be scheduled continuous to the school day when adult supervision is available. The "Limited Open Forum" concept is based on Public Law No. 88-377, "The Equal Access Act," effective August 11, 1985.
Students who wish to conduct a meeting at the secondary schools within the established guidelines of "Limited Open Forum" may do so providing that:
- They are enrolled as students at the school where the meeting is to be held;
- The meeting is voluntary and student-initiated,
- There is no sponsorship of the meeting by the school, the government, or its agents or employees,
- Employees or agents of the school or government are present at religious meetings only in a non-participatory capacity,
- The meeting does not materially and substantially interfere with the orderly conduct of educational activities within the school, and,
- Non-school persons may not direct, conduct, control, or regularly attend activities of student groups.
Further guidelines associated with the "Limited Open Forum" include:
- Groups shall be responsible for maintaining proper conduct and order at all meetings,
- Groups shall be held responsible for the loss or damage of any room(s), supplies, or equipment,
- Groups shall be assigned a specific location, day(s) and time(s) for their "Limited Open Forum" by the principal or his/her designee,
- Groups may publicize their meetings on the student bulletin board with approval of the principal.
The school shall provide:
- Heat and lights, and,
- Personnel to lock and unlock the room each day before and after the scheduled meeting time.