Facilities Standards

State Standards After January 1, 2004


  1. A summary of the school district's educational philosophy, mission, and goals; and
  2. A description of the general nature of the district's instructional program in accordance with the 19 Administrative Code 74.1 (Essential Knowledge and Skills). The written educational program should describe:
    1. The learning activities to be housed, by instructional space;
    2. How the subject matter will be taught (methods of instructional delivery);
    3. The materials and equipment to be used and stored;
    4. Utilities and infrastructure needs; and
    5. The characteristics of furniture needed to support instruction.
  1. The instructional programs, grade configuration, and type of facility;
  2. The spatial relationships—the desired relationships for the functions housed at the facility:
    1. Should be developed by the school district to support the district's instructional program;
    2. Should identify functions that should be:
      1. Adjacent to, immediately accessible;
      2. Nearby, easily accessible; and
      3. Removed from or away from; and
    3. Should relate to classroom/instructional functions, instructional support functions, building circulation, site activities/functions, and site circulation.
  3. Number of students;
  4. A list of any specialized classrooms or major support areas, noninstructional support areas, outdoor learning areas, outdoor science discovery centers, living science centers, or external activity spaces;
  5. A schedule of the estimated number and approximate size of all instructional and instructional support spaces included in the facility;
  6. Estimated budget for the facility project;
  7. School administrative organization;
  8. Provisions for outdoor instruction;
  9. Hours of operation that include the instructional day, extracurricular activities, and any public access or use;
  10. The safety of students and staff in instructional programs, such as science and vocational instruction; and
  11. The overall security of the facility.

Certification of Design and Construction

Construction Quality

Districts with Building Codes

Districts without Building Codes

International Energy Conservation Code

Fire Protection

State Standards Before January 1, 2004

Fire Escapes

Security Criteria


  1. Redesigning or acquisitioning equipment.
  2. Reassigning classes or other services to accessible buildings.
  3. Assigning aides to qualified individuals with disabilities.
  4. Home visits.
  5. Delivery of services at alternate accessible sites.
  6. Alteration of existing facilities.
  7. Constructing new facilities that comply with 34 C.F.R. 104.23 and 28 C.F.R. 35.151.
  8. Any other methods that result in making services, programs, and activities accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Review of Plans


Relocatable Educational Facility


  1. Playground equipment that:
    1. Does not comply with each applicable provision of ASTM Standard F1487-07ae1, "Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Playground Equipment for Public Use," published by ASTM International; or
    2. Has a horizontal bare metal platform or a bare metal step or slide, unless the bare metal is shielded from direct sun by a covering provided with the equipment or by a shaded area in the location where the equipment is installed;
  2. Surfacing for the area under and around playground equipment if the surfacing will not comply with each applicable provision of ASTM Standard F2223-04e1, "Standard Guide for ASTM Standards on Playground Surfacing," published by ASTM International.


Outdoor Lighting


  1. A federal law, rule, or regulation preempts state law;
  2. The fixture is used on a temporary basis:
  3. Because emergency personnel temporarily require additional illumination for emergency procedures;
  4. For nighttime work;
  5. Special events or circumstances require additional illumination;
  6. The fixture is used solely to enhance the aesthetic beauty of an object; or
  7. A compelling safety interest cannot be addressed by another method.

Natural Gas Piping Pressure Testing

Requirements of Test


Termination of Service

  1. The supplier receives official notification from the firm or individual conducting the test of a hazardous natural gas leakage in the facility piping system; or
  2. A test or other inspection is not performed as required.
  1. Receives notification of a hazardous natural gas leak in the school facility piping system; or
  2. Does not receive written notification from the district specifying the completion date and results of the testing.

Reporting Leaks

LP-Gas Systems Testing

Requirements of Test



Termination of Service

  1. The supplier receives official notification from the district or the person conducting the test that there is leakage in a school LP-gas system;
  2. The leakage test performed on a school LP-gas system was not performed as required; or
  3. The supplier has not received a copy of the required form from the district verifying that the LP-gas system has been tested in accordance with 16 Administrative Code 9.41.

Reporting Leaks


Intrastate Pipeline Emergency Response Plan

  1. On written request from a district, provide in writing the following parts of a pipeline emergency response plan that are relevant to the school:
    1. A description and map of the pipeline facilities that are within 1,000 feet of the school building or facility;
    2. A list of any product transported in the segment of the pipeline that is within 1,000 feet of the school facility;
    3. The designated emergency number for the pipeline facility operator;
    4. Information on the state's excavation one-call system; and
    5. Information on how to recognize, report, and respond to a product release; and
  2. Mail a copy of the requested items by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the superintendent of the district in which the school building or facility is located.

Plemons-Stinnett-Phillips CISD



DATE ISSUED: 7/22/2020