Use of FCPS Facilities

Community User Groups

FY22 Fall/Winter Usage

  1. COVID19 Guidelines for FY22 Fall/Winter Usage (updated 11/15/21)
  2. COVID-19 Waiver - One form will cover all FY22 event dates. Please complete, sign (physical signature), and return to facilities.uof@fcps.or
  3. FY22 Fall/Winter Reopening Plan (updated 9/14/21)
    • Usage dates:
      • Fall (Indoor)
        • Priority 1 Users:  August 18-November 30, 2021
        • Priority 2-5 Users: October 26-November 30, 2021
      • Fall (Outdoor)-
        • All Priority Users:   August 18-November 30, 2021|
      • Winter (Indoor and Outdoor)
        • All Priority Users:   December 1, 2021 – February 28, 2021
    • Request forms submitted between October 1-15, 2021 for Winter event dates will be considered as part of a shared usage arrangement if multiple groups desire to use the same school/room at the same time.  Request forms for Winter event dates may be submitted after Oct 15, but will be processed based on availability of space only.
  4. COVID-19 Swimming Pool Guidelines

Use of facilities logoBoard of Education Policy 203 and FCPS Regulation 100-01 establish the terms and conditions under which school community groups can use school buildings. Each school approves use of the building and applies the FCPS facility fee. Applications are made online through the FCPS website.

The on-line procedure is a two-step process for community user groups.  The first step is to click the Use of Facilities Calendar and Request Form link and register your group by filling out the information requested for new users in the upper right corner.  Note: there is a video to walk you through the steps of registration. 

A Certificate of Insurance (COI) and proof of 501c3 non-profit status will be required for approval of your group’s registration.  Please send an electronic copy of your COI and IRS letter approving non-profit status to E-mail.  Please allow enough time for the approval process - at least 10 work days before the event. Contact Deb Huffman at 301-644-5229 or if you have any questions regarding the required documents. Note: See link to sample COI below for required elements of an acceptable COI.

Once registration is approved, the next step is to fill out a request for a field or room at the school through the Use of Facilities Calendar and Request Form link.  Note: there is a video to walk you through the steps to complete an application. Approved community user groups must read the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).

Requested Event Dates

Date Range for CUG to Submit the Request Form**

Deadline for School Site Administrator to Process the Request Form

Summer Usage

FY22: June 18, 2021 – August 17, 2021*

FY23: June 2, 2022 – August 16, 2022*

FY22: May 1 – 15, 2021

FY23: April 8 – 22, 2022

FY22: May 22, 2021

FY23: April 29, 2022

Fall Usage

FY22: August 18, 2021* – November 30, 2021

FY23: August 17, 2022* – November 30, 2022

FY22: July 15 – 31, 2021

FY23: June 24 – July 8, 2022

FY22: August 6, 2021

FY23: July 15, 2022

Winter Usage
FY22: December 1, 2021 – February 28, 2022

FY23: December 1, 2022 – February 28, 2023

FY 22: October 1-15, 2021

FY22: October 1-15, 2022

FY22: October 22, 2021

FY23: October 22, 2022

Spring Usage

FY22: March 1, 2022 – June 1, 2022*

FY23: March 1, 2023 – May 31, 2023*

FY22: January 1 – 15, 2022

FY23: January 1 - 15, 2023

FY22: January 22, 2022

FY23: January 22, 2023

*Dates coincide with the official first and last day of each school year for students. Check School Calendar on FCPS Webpage for dates approved by Board of Education of Frederick County.

Although a CUG may receive an approved SRF at the high school level, please note that due to the uncertain nature of internal FCPS high school athletic schedules (which could be extended due to play-offs, weather reschedules, etc.), previously approved dates for a CUG could be cancelled or postponed as needed with limited notice to the CUG. Notice to the CUG will be given as soon as possible.

FCPS events take first priority so a previously approved event for a Priority 2-5 CUG could be cancelled or rescheduled to accommodate the FCPS activity.

**Request forms may be submitted after the submission date range shown above, but will be considered based only on availability and not as part of a shared usage arrangement with other CUGs.

Schools are given priority over community organizations for use of facilities.  FCPS grants opportunity to the community to use over 60 facilities for events.  An applicant must be a Frederick County resident.

Community Rec Centers - A limited number of schools were constructed with "Community Recreation Centers." FCPS has special arrangements with the City and County Parks and Recreation Departments for building use of the gymnasiums, recreation classrooms, recreation rooms and all outdoor fields. At these schools, City and County staff schedule use of these areas and monitor activities while the center is open after school or weekends.  To schedule these areas, do not submit a use of facility request form through FCPS; instead, contact the City or County Parks & Recreation department.

City of Frederick Parks & Recreation:

Field Scheduling at:  Butterfly Ridge ES, Hillcrest ES, Governor Thomas Johnson MS, Lincoln ES, Monocacy ES, Monocacy MS, North Frederick ES, Parkway ES, Waverley ES, Whittier ES

Gym Scheduling at:  Butterfly Ridge ES, Lincoln ES, Governor Thomas Johnson MS, Whittier ES

Frederick County Parks & Recreation:

Field and Gym Scheduling at:  Centerville ES, Deer Crossing ES, Middletown PS, Oakdale ES, Sugarloaf ES, Thurmont MS, Tuscarora ES, Walkersville ES, Rock Creek School (gym; for adaptive programming only)

Monitoring Use – The Office of Chief Operating Officer reviews Use of Facility applications for compliance with FCPS Policies and Regulations; updates and modifies related regulations and procedures as necessary; prepares and administers “Joint Use Agreements” with County or City agencies associated with community recreation center gyms; coordinates with the American Red Cross regarding use of schools as mass care shelters; and evaluates and administers other special agreements for use of school facilities and fields.

Request a Facility

Note: When submitting a request, please allow enough time for the approval process - at least 10 working days before the event.

Use of Facilities Calendar and Request Form

Use of Facilities instruction videos:
Request to be a Facilities User
Submit a Request

High School Auditorium/Theater Requests:
Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Standard Operating Procedure for High School Auditorium Usage
Agreement Form (A high school auditorium facilitator will be assigned to your request. This Agreement Form must be emailed to to be uploaded to your request form.)

Request to Mow or Maintain an FCPS Property:
See information in SOP posted above
Complete agreement form to request (right-click the document to save to your desktop to complete and send back to FCPS. Document cannot be filled out in your web browser.)
Obtain Insurance Certificate to include additional required coverages and email to

Use of Facilities Fee Structures:

Insurance Certificate Sample
Regulation 100-01 Rental of Frederick County Public Schools Facilities
Use of Facilities Fees
Use of Facilities Priority List