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Shared Use in the Summer: Opening School Spaces to the Public When Classes Are Out [changelabsolutions.org]

 

By ChangeLab Solutions and Merced County Public Health Department (CA), November 20, 2019

How can communities use school spaces during vacation times?

Schools are more than just places of learning for children. They serve as centers of connection for families from surrounding neighborhoods and have many facilities and resources that can benefit the wider community.

Opening school spaces during times when students are not on campus can significantly improve health and equity for those who live nearby. School facilities can provide spaces for many types of activities and events:

Physical activity
Community gardens
Continuing education opportunities
Cultural events
Cooking and nutrition classes
Farmers markets
Developed in partnership with the Merced County Public Health Department in California, this infographic shows some possibilities for shared use agreements with schools. It also highlights health and equity benefits that come along with opening school spaces for the general public. ChangeLab Solutions also created a companion list of sources that documents opportunities for further research.

[Please click here to download the infographic.]

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