Missouri Community Use

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Being physically active is important for both individual and public health. For people to be physically active, they must have access to safe, affordable, and convenient recreational facilities. These types of recreational spaces and facilities are out-of-reach for many community members, either due to cost or availability. School property can provide a valuable resource for community recreational space and facilitate physical activity through recreation and sport activities before, during, and after school hours. Advocates are working to find ways to increase community use of school property.

The Missouri State Alliance of YMCAs Pioneering Healthier Communities team, funded through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 2013 to work on Childhood Obesity Policy Improvements, identified Community Use as a critical area to improve public policy in Missouri. Out of a statewide team, six leaders stepped forward to define and lead a project, in partnership with the Public Health Law Center, to learn about and document barriers related to community use in Missouri. The resources below were created from these combined efforts to document barriers and recommend paths towards opening more spaces for Community Use.

 

Missouri Community Use of School Property: School Administrator and End User Survey Report

School property can provide a valuable resource for community recreational space and facilitate physical activity through recreation and sport activities before, during, and after school hours. Advocates are working to find ways to increase community use of school property. School property can provide a valuable resource for community recreational space and facilitate physical activity through recreation and sport activities before, during, and after school hours. Advocates are working to find ways to increase community use of school property and can use this resource to plan a path.

 

Best Practices: School Policy for Community Use in Missouri

This factsheet identifies best practices to
develop effective written policies and procedures for implementing community use of school property.
This resource identifies best practices to develop effective written policies and procedures for implementing community use of school property and contains analysis comparing both Missouri School Boards' Association (MSBA) and Missouri Consultants for Education (MCE) templates.

 


Demystifying Missouri Liability & Insurance

Missouri law provides schools some protections from liability and insurance coverage and risk management tools can go a long way at minimizing financial risk of the schools. This resource was developed as a broad overview to outline these general concepts as it relates to Missouri schools


Webinar: Simplifying Community Use of School Property in Missouri

Staff from the Public Health Law Center and Missouri School Board Association will introduce tools and discuss information to simplify and improve community access of school facilities, including:

  • Reveal school administrator and community group survey results
  • Demystify liability and insurance
  • Discuss best practices for increasing access to school property
This free webinar is made possible by funding from the Missouri Convergence Partnership.

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