KC Healthy Kids has published a series of guides to help neighborhood and community groups work with school districts to modify community use policies and develop/maintain highly successful agreements.
The five-part series outlines model policies, success stories, how to implement and pay for a community use program, and a checklist for policy making. It’s available free of charge online.
Community use policies are incredibly important in promoting healthy lifestyles for kids. That’s because in some towns, it’s hard for people to find places to be active. Those without cars can’t easily get to a community fitness center, walking or bike path or nature trail, so they must rely on what facilities are already nearby.
Schools, then, become valuable assets in communities, especially when they are open to the public for recreation and sports before, during, and after school hours.
The series was created through a partnership between KC Healthy Kids, Missouri Association of Councils of Government, Missouri Consultants for Education, Missouri School Boards’ Association, Missouri State Alliance of YMCAs and Public Health Law Center.