The Greenville ISD maintains a program for the dissemination of factual information to the news media, and the Department of Community Services serves as a liaison with television media, radio media and print media on coverage of education in the Greenville public schools.
Greenville ISD Board of Trustees’ (“Board”) Policies GKA (LEGAL) and GKA (LOCAL) address third party access to Greenville ISD property and campuses. These policies are specifically drafted to implement measures to protect the health and safety of the District’s students and staff.
In addition, Greenville ISD Board Policies FL (LEGAL) and FL (LOCAL), which incorporate the provisions of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act and Chapter 26 of the Texas Education Code, outline further restrictions on third party access to personally identifiable information regarding students. The District is obligated by law to protect student confidentiality, including the recording of students’ images or other information.
Finally, Board Policies GBAA (LEGAL), GBAA (LOCAL), and GBAA (EXHIBIT), address the District’s policies with regard to responding to requests for public information.
The District is confident that all third parties requesting access, including media sources, will respect the District’s obligation to comply with these provisions.
In accordance with these policies and applicable laws, the Greenville ISD cannot permit third parties, including the press, unfettered access to its campuses and/or facilities. The safety and security of the District’s students and staff are a priority of Greenville ISD. However, the District will continue to work with third parties requesting access to assure that it appropriately responds to requests for access in accordance with these provisions. Greenville ISD encourages and welcomes coverage of the educational experience offered to students in the District. As a vital community partner, Greenville ISD will continue to cooperate and facilitate community access to its programs and opportunities to further its mission to provide exemplary education to a diverse group of students through leadership, excellence in teaching and student participation with the support and involvement of the home and community. All requests for third party access, including media coverage, of Greenville ISD should be directed to Kelli Tharp, Director of Community Services at (903) 457-2521. Ms. Tharp will respond in accordance with the District’s policies and procedures.