Stanislaus COE | BP 1112 Community Relations
The County Office of Education respects the public's desire for and right to information and recognizes that the media significantly influence the community's understanding of county educational programs, student achievement, and school safety. In order to develop and maintain positive media relations, the County Office shall reasonably accommodate media requests for information and provide accurate, reliable, and timely information.
(cf. 0460 - Local Control and Accountability Plan)
Media representatives are welcome at all public County Board meetings and shall receive meeting agendas upon request in accordance with County Board policy.
(cf. 9321 - Closed Session)
(cf. 9322 - Agenda/Meeting Materials)
The County Office is committed to protecting the privacy of students and their families. The County Office shall not release information that is private or confidential as required by law or County Office policy. Media requests relating to COE employees or to student directory information shall be referred to the County Superintendent.
Interviewing and Photographing Students
The County Office shall not impose restraints on students' right to speak freely with media representatives. However, interviewing and photographing students shall not create substantial disruption to the orderly operation of the school or impinge on the rights or safety of students. Therefore, the County Office encourages media representatives who wish to interview or photograph students at school to make prior arrangements with the County Superintendent or designee.
The Public Information Officer shall be the designated spokesperson to speak to the media on behalf of the County Office. The County Superintendent may designate other employees to speak to the media on a case-by-case basis.
1011 Time and place of meetings
1012 Special meeting
1040-1042 Duties and responsibilities of County Boards
35160 Authority of governing boards
48907 Freedom of speech and press
48950 Prohibition against disciplinary action for first amendment speech
49061 Definition of directory information
49073 Directory information
1070 Refusal to disclose news source
UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20
1232g Family educational and privacy rights
CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, TITLE 34
99.3 Definition of directory information
Lopez v. Tulare Joint Union High School District, (1995) 34 Cal.App.4th 1302
ATTORNEY GENERAL OPINIONS
79 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 58 (1996)
Policy STANISLAUS COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION
adopted: February 4, 2003 Modesto, California
revised: December 10, 2019