A new board policy in Kershaw County School District (KCSD) will make outdoor school recreational areas available for community use. Locals can use elementary playgrounds and walking areas after school hours, on holidays and weekends when the facilities are not in use with school-related activities.

The school board passed the Open Community Use of School Recreational Areas policy on Tuesday. Open recreational areas are defined by the board as, “the playgrounds at our elementary schools and parking lots for walking.”

Signage will be posted at the open community use sites and will include district rules and safety regulations for usage of the recreational areas. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult while at the recreational sites.

“This is a win for schools, children and the community. It provides access for children and community members to play and be active,” said Kershaw County School District Superintendent Harrison Goodwin. “We know healthy children are better learners. This is a great example of partners working together for a healthier community.”

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