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    Interesting issue with access...

    I am planning on going to a meeting at a building that is an alternative High School operated by the local school district. It is either rented or leased from a local church. Of course they do have the GFZ signs at the doors since it is a public school building during the day. But what happens when the church, which owns the building, uses the same rooms after hours? Is it still a GFZ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Freedom First View Post
    I am planning on going to a meeting at a building that is an alternative High School operated by the local school district. It is either rented or leased from a local church. Of course they do have the GFZ signs at the doors since it is a public school building during the day. But what happens when the church, which owns the building, uses the same rooms after hours? Is it still a GFZ?

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    It is only a GFSZ when the school is in sole possession of the building. Refer to AGO #8 (1994)

    http://www.atg.wa.gov/AGOOpinions/op...=topic&id=9238

    We conclude that the term "used exclusively" refers to uses where the school or schools have sole possession, control, or use of an area of a facility. It is not limited by the duration of the use
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    So that I understand this correctly, if the school is the only thing in the church during school hours, it's a GFZ during school hours. If the church maintains office hours during school hours or leases rooms out for another purpose, then it's not a state mandated GFZ. Am I correct in this interpretation?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Levi View Post
    So that I understand this correctly, if the school is the only thing in the church during school hours, it's a GFZ during school hours. If the church maintains office hours during school hours or leases rooms out for another purpose, then it's not a state mandated GFZ. Am I correct in this interpretation?
    The AG's opinion was: What/When/Where it is used exclusively as a school, it is a school...where ever it may be. If it is not being used exclusively for school activities, it is not a school. Note his comment "there is no reference to time or duration' I would expect that goes both ways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Levi View Post
    So that I understand this correctly, if the school is the only thing in the church during school hours, it's a GFZ during school hours. If the church maintains office hours during school hours or leases rooms out for another purpose, then it's not a state mandated GFZ. Am I correct in this interpretation?
    Only the classrooms, offices that the school is using if it is shared during those hours.
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