topleft CSBA.org >  Services >  Governance Technology > 

Stanislaus COE |  BP  1112  Community Relations

Media Relations   

arrow Previous bar Next arrow

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.

Media Contacts/Spokesperson

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.

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

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

EVIDENCE CODE

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

COURT DECISIONS

Lopez v. Tulare Joint Union High School District, (1995) 34 Cal.App.4th 1302

ATTORNEY GENERAL OPINIONS

79 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 58 (1996)

Management Resources:

WEB SITES

CSBA: http://www.csba.org

Policy STANISLAUS COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION

adopted: February 4, 2003 Modesto, California

revised: December 10, 2019