News Media Access in Crisis/Emergency Situations (820.110)

In handling crisis situations on campus, building administrators should first contact emergency medical services personnel (if the situation is life-threatening). Following that, the general order of notification, depending upon the circumstances surrounding the situation, is first, the HISD Police Department, then the school improvement officer, who will then contact the Media Relations Department.

During crisis/emergency situations, media access to schools and facilities may be limited to ensure student and
staff safety or to maintain order. However, building administrators may designate an area on school property to conduct news briefings on the crisis or emergency situation. In these situations, normal access procedures for media and other visitors may be suspended in the interest of student and staff safety and an orderly emergency response.