Code of the District of Columbia

§ 38–410. Use of a public school building by a civic association.

(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a civic association may enter into a use agreement to use a District of Columbia Public Schools school building for a regularly scheduled meeting at no charge; provided, that:

(1) The use of the school building does not impose a cost on the District, except for the costs of custodial and security services; and

(2) A civic association shall not enter into a use agreement to use a District of Columbia Public Schools school building for more than 12 regularly scheduled meetings in a calendar year.

(b) The Department of General Services shall reimburse a civic association for the costs of obtaining the liability insurance required under its use agreement if that insurance is purchased through a District-approved insurance partnership program.

(c) For the purposes of this section, the term "civic association" means:

(1) A nonprofit association, corporation, or other organization that is:

(A) Comprised primarily of residents of the community within which the school to be used is located;

(B) Operated for the promotion of social welfare and general neighborhood improvement and enhancement; and

(C) Exempt from taxation under section 501(c)(3) or (4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, approved August 16, 1954 (68A Stat. 163; 26 U.S.C. § 501(c)(3), (4)), or a member of the D.C. Federation of Civic Associations or the Federation of Citizens Associations of the District of Columbia; or

(2) A nonprofit association, corporation, or other organization that is:

(A) Comprised primarily of residents of a contiguous community that is defined by specific geographic boundaries, within which the school to be used is located; and

(B) Operated for the promotion of the welfare, improvement, and enhancement of that community.


(Oct. 30, 2018, D.C. Law 22-168, § 1092, 65 DCR 9388.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) creation of this section, see § 1092 of Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2018 (D.C. Act 22-458, Oct. 3, 2018, 65 DCR 11212).

For temporary (90 days) creation of this section, see § 1092 of Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2018 (D.C. Act 22-434, July 30, 2018, 65 DCR 8200).