Organizations Eligible to Use School Facilities 7-49

School Board of the City of Virginia Beach
Policy 7-49


Organizations Eligible to Use School Facilities

  1. Generally

    The requirements of the regular school program shall receive first consideration in the use of school facilities. School-related organizations shall have priority over non-school related organizations, and approved child and youth groups shall have priority over adult groups.

    All uses must be in the interest of the community. Secret or closed meetings shall not be allowed.

    In the interest of public safety, and the welfare of the majority of our citizens, the School Board reserves the right to refuse any group or individual the use of a school facility.

  2. Use by Religious Groups

    Religious groups may apply for permission to use facilities for religious services over an extended period of time with the following conditions:

    1. Contracts will be reviewed and renewed annually;
    2. A custodian will be required on school premises during church services; and
    3. The applicant must have definite building plans, i.e., own land, have blueprints, and/or a building fund.
  3. Boy Scouts and other patriotic youth organizations

    Boy Scouts and other patriotic youth organizations (as defined by U.S.C. Title 36) have the same ability to use school facilities as other community groups.

Editor’s Note

See School Board Policy 5-53: Activities: Access to School Facilities
See School Board Policy 7-48: Community Use of School Facilities/Generally
See School Board Policy 7-55: Fees for Use of School Facilities and School Board Regulation 7-55.1: Fees for Use of School Facilities.

Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act, 20 U.S.C. § 7905, as amended
Patriotic and National Observances, Ceremonies, and Organizations, 36 U.S.C. § 101 et seq., as amended.

School Board Policy 7-53
School Board Policy 7-48
School Board Policy 7-55
School Board Regulation 7-55.1

Adopted by School Board: October 20, 1992
Amended by School Board: September 2, 2003
Scrivener’s Amendments: June 9, 2014