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Joint Use Facilities

The idea of joint-use--generically meaning the development of K-12 schools in combination with other facilities--is key to making schools the centers of their neighborhoods. Today, most educational facilities operate during a 7-8 hour time frame as stand alone institutions with limited access or joint use by other community organizations.

New school facilities should be accessible--day and night, all year round--to the community. Schools should serve as a variety of community needs in partnership with a wide array of public, civic, and private organizations. Smarter designs for new or renovated school facilities can accommodate direct community access to spaces like libraries, gymnasiums, auditoriums, health clinics, athletic and recreational fields, and performing arts space.

In this section, you will find examples of join-use projects, joint-use analysis and recommendations, and joint-use policies from throughout California and the nation.