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INITIATING CONTACTS WITH THE NEWS MEDIA

It is the intent of the Board to promote positive interactions with the news media.  The Board delegates to the Superintendent or his/her designee the responsibility of initiating contacts with the media to increase the community’s knowledge about the mission of the School.

TSBVI staff members shall communicate their ideas for initiating positive contacts with the media to their supervisor, who will forward them to the Superintendent.

RESPONDING TO REQUESTS FOR INFORMATION

The Board delegates to the Superintendent or his/her designee the responsibility of responding to requests for information about TSBVI from the news media.

TSBVI staff members shall refer any requests for information from the news media to their supervisor, who will forward them to the Superintendent.

EMERGENCIES ON THE CAMPUS OR AT SCHOOL-RELATED ACTIVITIES OFF-CAMPUS

In the case of any type of emergency that may bring news media to the campus of TSBVI or to other locations of school-related activities, staff members shall refer all questions from the news media to the Superintendent or his/her designee who shall be the official spokesperson for TSBVI.

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

Staff members are not prohibited from communicating with the media in cases in which the staff member only represents his or her opinion as opposed to acting as, or appearing to act as, the School’s representative.  However, under no circumstances should any personal information about students be communicated to the news media.

Adopted: 11/15/96

Amended: 9/29/17

Reviewed: 3/21/03