Joint Use Agreements: Creating Opportunities for Physical Activity (US)

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Bridging the Gap

This report examines the characteristics of joint use agreements in effect during the 2009-10 school year among a national sample of 157 public school districts (USA). As defined by the National Policy and Legal Analysis Network to Prevention Childhood Obesity (NPLAN), a joint use agreement is "a formal agreement between two separate government entities - often a school and a city or county - setting forth the terms and conditions for shared use of public property or facilities." City governments can contract with local school districts, for example, to allow community members to use playgrounds and fields when school is not in session.

The report notes that most districts actually have a joint use agreement in place but that they vary in their content - who or what parties are addressed, what facilities they are allowed to use, and when they are allowed to use them.

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