School District of McFarland
Bylaws & Policies


The School Board believes that the school facilities of this District should be made available for lawful non-school purposes, provided that such use is harmonious with the purposes of this District and does not interfere with use for school purposes, by school-related groups, or for school-related functions. No non-school related group or entity may promote an activity to occur on school grounds under this policy in any manner that conveys the impression that the School District supports, endorses, or is a partner with the group or individualís cause.

The Board will permit the use of school facilities when such permission has been requested in writing by a responsible, individual, organization or a group of citizens and has been approved by the District Administrator and/or designee.

District facilities shall be available for the below-listed uses.

 A.uses directly related to the schools and the operations of the schools

 B.uses and groups indirectly related to the schools

 C.meetings of staff member associations

 D.uses for voter registration and elections

 E.departments or agencies of government organizations or groups of individuals formed for charitable, civic, social, religious, recreational, and/or educational purposes

 G.commercial or profit-making organizations or individuals offering services for profit

Recreational Activity

Any non-school sponsored group requesting to use District facilities for recreational activity must complete the appropriate form prior to such usage.

"Recreational activity" includes any indoor or outdoor physical activity, sport, team sport, or game, whether organized or unorganized, undertaken for the purpose of exercise, relaxation, diversion, education, or pleasure.

"Outdoor activity" includes hunting, fishing, trapping, camping, picnicking, exploring caves, nature study, bicycling, horseback riding, bird-watching, motorcycling, operating an all-terrain vehicle, ballooning, hang gliding, hiking, tobogganing, sledding, sleigh riding, snowmobiling, skiing, skating, water sports, sight-seeing, rock-climbing, cutting or removing wood, climbing observation towers, animal training, harvesting products of nature, sport shooting, or similar outdoor game, sport, or educational activity.

Should all or any part of the District's community be struck by a disaster, the Board shall make District grounds and/or facilities available, at no charge, for the housing, feeding, and care of victims or potential victims when requested by local, State, or Federal authorities.

The District Administrator shall develop administrative guidelines for the granting of permission to use District facilities by non-school sponsored groups or for non-school sponsored activities, including a schedule of fees. Such guidelines are to include the following:

 A.Each user may be required to present evidence of the purchase of organizational liability insurance to the limit prescribed by District administrative guidelines.

 B.Use of school equipment in conjunction with the use of school facilities must be requested specifically in writing, and may be granted by the procedure by which permission to use facilities is granted. The users of school equipment must accept liability for any damage or loss to such equipment that occurs while it is in their use. Where rules so specify, no item of equipment may be used except by a qualified operator.

 C.Users shall be liable financially for damage to the facilities and for proper chaperonage.

No liability shall attach to this District, any staff member, officer, or member of this District specifically as a consequence of permitting access to these facilities.

120.13(17), Wis. Stats.
895.523, Wis. Stats.

Revised 4/8/13
Revised 4/18/16

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