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Media Guidelines

It is the policy of White Settlement ISD to work cooperatively with the news media for coverage of issues and events involving the school district, its students, or staff. However, WSISD is dedicated to providing all students with a safe learning environment without unnecessary interruptions. Therefore, the following guidelines are in effect at all WSISD campuses and facilities:

All media inquiries should be directed to the Director of Communications and the appropriate campus principal or building administrator. Exception: Routine athletic and/or extracurricular activity news coverage can be handled by the appropriate coach/sponsor.

The Director of Communications should be contacted when a representative of the media visits a campus. If the media visits a WSISD site without prior approval from the appropriate campus or building administrator, he or she should be asked to leave and sent to the Director of Communications. Media personnel may be allowed on campus to interview staff or students during the school day with approval from the Superintendent and appropriate notification to the campus or building administrator.

Cameras/reporters will not be allowed into the classroom or on the campus unless the classroom teacher and/or appropriate staff members have been notified and it is determined that such a visit will not be disruptive to the learning environment. Photographs or video may be taken by the media at the discretion of the Director of Communications and/or the building or campus administrator.

Reporters and/or photographers are required to check in to the school office prior to beginning an authorized interview on campus.

School officials are not required by law to get parental permission before still photographers or videotaped media interviews are conducted unless a special education student is involved (FERPA).

When the media focuses primarily on an individual student, White Settlement ISD will make every effort to notify parents before granting permission for the student to be interviewed.

The district will honor a parent or guardian’s request not to have a child’s name or photograph released to the media if the request is made in writing to the Campus Principal and/or Communications Office.

The Superintendent or his designee shall be the official spokesperson for WSISD.

Media Inquiries
All requests for media coverage should come through the Communications Office. The Director of Communications will coordinate all media coverage and determine the best spokesperson for the District.

Contact:
Desiree Coyle
Communications Director
dcoyle@wsisd.net
817.367.5389