Lawndale ESD | BP 1112 Community Relations
The Board of Trustees respects the public's right to information and recognizes that the media significantly influence the community's understanding of school programs. In order to develop and maintain positive media relations, the Board and the Superintendent desire to reasonably accommodate media requests for information and to provide accurate, reliable and timely information.
Media representatives are welcome at all Board meetings and shall receive meeting agendas upon request in accordance with Board policy.
(cf. 9322 - Agenda/Meeting Materials)
Media representatives, like all other visitors, shall register immediately upon entering any school building or grounds when school is in session.
(cf. 1250 - Visitors/Outsiders)
(cf. 3515.2 - Disruptions)
Interviewing and Photographing Students
The district shall not impose restraints on students' right to speak freely with media representatives at those times which do not disrupt a student's educational program. However, interviews of students may not create substantial disorder or impinge on the rights of others. Therefore, in order to minimize possible disruption, media representatives who wish to interview students at school are required to make prior arrangements with the principal. At their discretion, parents/guardians may instruct their children not to communicate with media representatives.
(cf. 5145.2 - Freedom of Speech/Expression)
In order to protect the privacy and safety of students, a media representative who wishes to photograph students on school grounds must first make arrangements with the principal or designee.
When interviewing or photographing a special education student, he/she shall not be identified as a special education student without prior, written parent/guardian permission.
Crisis Communications Plan
During a disturbance or crisis situation, the first priority of school staff is to assure the safety of students and staff. However, the Board recognizes the need to provide timely and accurate information to parents/guardians and the community during a crisis. The Board also recognizes that the media have an important role to play in relaying this information to the public. In order to help ensure that the media and district work together effectively, the Superintendent or designee shall develop a crisis communications plan to identify communication strategies to be taken in the event of a crisis.
(cf. 0450 - Comprehensive Safety Plan)
(cf. 3516 - Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Plan)
The crisis communications plan may include but not be limited to identification of a media center location, development of both internal and external notification systems, and strategies for press conference logistics.
The Superintendent or designee shall include local law enforcement and media representatives in the crisis planning process.
The Superintendent or designee is considered the spokesperson for the district while the board president is designated as the spokesperson for the Board.
35144 Special meetings
35145 Public meetings
35160 Authority of governing boards
35172 Promotional activities
1070 Refusal to disclose news source
Lopez v. Tulare Joint Union High School District, (1995) 34 Cal.App.4th 1302
ATTORNEY GENERAL OPINIONS
95 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 509 (1996)
911: A Manual for Schools and the Media During a Campus Crisis, 2001
Policy LAWNDALE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Adopted: June 1, 2004 Lawndale, California