Policy News Media (820.00)

The Houston Independent School District Board of Education supports the rights of citizens to have access to information that affects school programs and services for children in HISD. The district encourages positive relations with news reporters and other communications representatives. Dissemination of timely, accurate,and newsworthy information to the community through the news media is the primary responsibility of the Press Office, working in cooperation with school administrators and other departmental supervisors.
District administrators and other personnel shall endeavor to create a positive, courteous relationship with members of the news media and maintain open communications on matters of a routine nature; however, the board expects the welfare of students to be the guiding principle in all contacts with the news media. Maintaining a safe, orderly educational environment on the campus and in the classroom must be the most important consideration when working with the news media at the school level.