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Media Relations   

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The Governing Board recognizes that the media significantly influences the public's understanding of school issues and can greatly assist the district in communicating with the community about school needs.

The Board respects the public's right to information and recognizes that the media has a legitimate interest in the schools and a responsibility to provide the community with news.

Media representatives are welcome at all Board meetings and shall receive meeting announcements and agendas upon request.

Note: Penal code 627.2 requires all school visitors to register in the school office. No law excludes media representatives from this requirement.

Like all other visitors, media representatives must register in the school office when coming on campus during school hours.

(cf. 1250 - Visits to the Schools)

(cf. 3515.2 - Intruders on Campus)

The Superintendent or designee shall coordinate the release of information concerning the district and the actions of the Board.

The principal or designee of each school shall provide the media with information relating to his/her school, including information about student awards, school accomplishments and events of special interest.

District employees are encouraged to cooperate with members of the press, radio and television. Employees should always make it clear that they are expressing their own personal viewpoints when so doing. They should not express viewpoints on behalf of the district until they have ascertained the district's official position on the matters involved.

During crisis situations, all media inquiries shall be routed to the Superintendent or designee, who shall:

1. Prepare an official statement responding to the particular situation.

2. Update the official statement as events unfold.

3. Keep staff and students well informed.

The district shall not release information which is private or confidential as identified by law and Board policy or administrative regulation.

(cf. 1340 - Access to District Records)

(cf. 5125 - Student Records; Confidentiality)

(cf. 9010 - Public Statements)

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

32210 Willful disturbance of public school or meeting

32211 Threatened disruption or interference with classes

35144 Special meetings

35145 Public meetings

35145.5 Agenda; public participation

35146 Closed sessions

35172 Promotional Activities

PENAL CODE

627.2 Necessity of registration by outsider

Policy DEL NORTE COUNTY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: March 12, 1987 Crescent City, California

readopted: August 16, 1990

readopted: January 26, 1995