• Media Guidelines


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

    • All media inquiries should be directed to the Communications Department. The Communications Specialist will work with the Superintendent and Campus Principals to decide the district’s response to each media request. Exception: routine athletic or extracurricular activity coverage.

    • Media personnel may be allowed on campus to interview staff or students during the school day with prior approval from the Communications Department and the Campus Principal. As a general rule, interviews are granted only when coverage is in the best interest of Van ISD, its students and staff.

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

    • If a member of the media visits the school site without prior approval, he or she should be detained in the school office until the campus principal and/or Communications Specialist can be notified. (The campus administrator or his/her designee should contact the Communications Department when the media is given authorization to visit a campus or if the media shows up unannounced).

    • Cameras/reporters will not be allowed into the classroom or on the campus unless the employees involved have been notified.

    • School officials are not required by law to get parental permission before still photographs or videotaped media interviews are conducted unless a special education student is involved (FERPA). To the extent possible, Van ISD honors parental requests regarding media coverage of students, especially those requesting directory information be “completely restricted.”

    • When the media request focuses primarily on an individual student, Van ISD will make every reasonable attempt 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.

    • The Superintendent or his/her designee shall be the official spokesperson for the district.