Activities: Access to School Facilities 5-53

School Board of the City of Virginia Beach
Policy 5-53


Activities: Access to School Facilities

  1. Generally

    The Equal Access Act states that it shall be unlawful for any public secondary school that receives Federal financial assistance and which has a limited open forum to deny equal access or a fair opportunity to, or discriminate against, any students who wish to conduct a meeting within that limited open forum on the basis of the religious, political, philosophical, or other content of the speech at such meetings. Boy Scouts and other youth groups listed as patriotic organizations by federal law must be allowed the same access.

    The School Board hereby expresses its willingness to abide by federal law and regulation and enacts this Policy to do so.

  2. Applicability

    This Policy is applicable only to the secondary schools.

  3. Implementation

    The School Board authorizes the Superintendent or designee to prepare administrative regulations or procedures to create a limited open forum in accordance with applicable School Board policy and regulation.

Editor's Note

See School Board Policy 7-48: Community Use of School Facilities/Generally
See School Board Policy 7-49: Organizations Eligible to Use School Facilities
See School Board Policy 7-55: Fees for Use of School Facilities
See School Board Regulation 7-55.1: Fees for Use of School Facilities

Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act § 9525 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act 1965 as amended by § 901 No Child Left Behind Act, 20 U.S.C. §7905, as amended.

36 U.S. C. Chapter 201 et seq., as amended. Patriotic and National Observances, ceremonies and organizations.

20 U.S.C. §4071, as amended. Equal Access Act of 1984.

School Board Policy 7-48
School Board Policy 7-49
School Board Policy 7-55
School Board Regulation 7-55.1

Adopted by School Board: June 15, 1993 (Effective August 14, 1993)
Amended by School Board: September 2, 2003
Amended by School Board: April 4, 2006
Amended by School Board: March 26, 2019