State Rules Affecting Joint Use Agreements

State Rules Affecting Joint Use Agreements

A Fifty-State Scan of Laws and Summary of Legal Rules

Does your state allow – or possibly even encourage or require – opening school grounds for use by the community? In these lean economic times, it makes sense to find out and take advantage of state laws that may work for your community when considering joint use agreements. These products from NPLAN provide an overview laws addressing the joint use of school facilities in all 50 states.

Our Fifty-State Scan of Laws Addressing Community Use of Schools is a state-by-state overview of statutes about whether school property can be used by the community for recreation. You can also learn about special rules regarding liability, fees, insurance, joint use, or applicability to K-12 or universities/colleges. (Not all states have these types of laws, and not all the statutes cover the same issues. This is a useful starting place to find out if your state allows community use of school property and facilities, but you should also check out our full suite of joint use resources, contact us for technical assistance, or consult with key people in your local school districts and communities for more information.)

The Summary of Legal Rules Governing Liability for Recreational Use of School Facilities focuses on liability at a somewhat more sophisticated level, outlining what general liability standards are applied, as well as any limitations on liability or damages. This summary is especially useful for anyone who already knows that community use of school property is allowed in their state, but wants to get a better understanding of how their state might apply liability rules for injuries that occur during community use of school facilities. (Because this is a somewhat technical document, we recommend that you also follow up with our staff for technical assistance, or contact a local lawyer if you are seeking legal advice or representation.)

You may also be interested in NPLAN's model joint use agreements and 50-State Survey: Liability Risks for After-Hours Use of Public School Property.