Wisconsin School District Resources: Recreational Use of School Property

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Recreational agreements are becoming a popular strategy that community and school partners can use to increase access to opportunities for physical activity. Wisconsin’s state laws help to remove the barrier of liability from schools, making it easier to open up school spaces for community use. At the same time, public health advocates would like to partner with schools to help expand the use of school spaces so that surrounding community members can become more physically active.

Because many stakeholders can benefit from a robust use of school spaces for physical activity, three organizations have partnered to help school districts better understand the purpose and structure of “recreational agreements” that school districts can use in connection with authorizing community use of school grounds for recreational activities. The Wisconsin Association of School Boards, Public Health Law Center and Transform Wisconsin collaboratively developed two sample recreational agreement/facility use forms, a reference checklist, and a fact sheet that provides a general explanation of the liability protection provided by recreational agreements. Using these materials will allow schools to consider taking advantage of the liability protection offered by state law, and provide ways for community members to work with schools in order to truly increase shared use of schools spaces.  Recreational agreements have great potential to become a triple win for schools, community organizations, and community members themselves.

 

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Wisconsin School Resources Webinar: Recreational Use of School Property

The Wisconsin Association of School Boards, the Public Health Law Center and Transform Wisconsin roll out new resources for Wisconsin schools to promote community recreational use of school property.

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Using Recreational Agreements in Wisconsin Schools

The Wisconsin Association of School Boards, the Public Health Law Center and Transform Wisconsin developed this overview of resources to assist stakeholders working to increase community recreational use of school property during non-school hours.

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Wisconsin’s New Liability Law

The Wisconsin Association of School Boards, the Public Health Law Center and Transform Wisconsin developed this overview of Wisconsin Act 162. This law provides a unique opportunity for advocates to work with schools to promote physical activity in schools with the help of recreational agreements.

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Wisconsin School District Recreational Use Checklist

The Wisconsin Association of School Boards, the Public Health Law Center and Transform Wisconsin developed this checklist, which identifies best practices and key concepts to look for in Wisconsin school board policy, rules, regulations and recreational agreements. It also identifies the legal requirements under of 2011 Wisconsin Act 162.

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Wisconsin Sample Recreational Agreement #1: Use of School Facilities or Grounds

The Wisconsin Association of School Boards, the Public Health Law Center and Transform Wisconsin developed this sample recreational agreement to include best practices and the requirements of 2011 Wisconsin Act 162. It is meant to include both recreational use, as well as other forms of school facilities use.

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Wisconsin Sample Recreational Agreement #2: Use of School Facilities or Grounds

The Wisconsin Association of School Boards, the Public Health Law Center and Transform Wisconsin developed this sample recreational agreement to include the basic requirements of 2011 Wisconsin Act 162, as well as key best practices to encourage community use of school property.

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Wisconsin Association of School Boards: Advocating Local Policy Change

This fact sheet provides an overview of best practices when working with school districts to advocate for policy change.