Principals are encouraged to initiate media coverage of their school programs and activities. The Superintendent, or designee, shall authorize the release of information when the topic being covered involves more than one building. The following guidelines relate to the public information program:
1. Media representatives shall be supplied factual information with the request that they not publish or broadcast any facts which are injurious to staff or students or which would serve no constructive purpose.
2. Media representatives should be kept fully informed on all aspects of the program so that any reporting shall be done on the basis of a complete and accurate overview.
3. Staff with public relations responsibilities will supply factual information to media representatives and keep them fully informed on all aspects of the program so that any reporting shall be done on the basis of a complete and accurate overview.
4. A student should be informed that he/she has the right to deny an interview or photograph. A release form signed by a parent/guardian shall be secured before allowing an individual to photograph and conduct an interview that would "single out" any special education student or identify a student whose parent/guardian have signed a form to withhold directory information or photographic identification.
5. During regular school hours, all media representatives must report to the building office for identification and authorization before going to any part of the building or contacting any individual. The building principal or designee has the prerogative to deny access to a student(s) if in his/her judgment such denial is appropriate.
6. A staff member should secure authorization from the principal before contacting the media on behalf of the school. This shall not preclude a staff member from contacting the media as a private individual.
7. Media representatives may attend school functions to which the public is invited.
Annual District Report
The Annual District Report shall include but not be limited to:
1. Criteria used for staff evaluations;
2. A summary of the student performance towards Washington State Essential Learning Requirements;
3. Results of district-wide achievement testing;
4. Budget information, including student enrollment, classroom staff, support staff, administrative staff, and special levy expenditures.
Highline School District 401
Adopted by the Board: May 1983
Revised by the Board: 04.93, 11.03