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Media Release and Protocol

Our schools are public buildings, and our students, educational programs, school events, and community-oriented activities are sometimes made the subject of recording by video, audio, photography, live-streaming, and the like for use as instructional and informational tools. In addition, our students’ work is sometimes published in print and/or electronic media. The district will allow students to be recorded, interviewed, live-streamed, and/or photographed, and students’ work to be published for legitimate public purposes. Additionally, our students and their work may also be featured on social media.

Throughout the school year, your child may be recorded, interviewed, live-streamed, and/or photographed by representatives from newspapers, television stations, and radio stations, as well as district communications office personnel or their designees, and these items may be publicly displayed. Students and their work and photographs may also appear in print media and/or electronically on public websites, social media, and broadcasts.

If you object to such publication, you must file a written objection. The district will not deliberately publish your child if you have filed a written objection. The district will also make a reasonable effort to avoid publication by any third party. It is understood that the district has no control over the news media or others outside the school organization. Student participation in school activities, especially athletics and other competitive events, as well as extracurricular activities, increases the likelihood of publication of stories and images of those students. Additionally, please note that the written objection does not preclude your child’s voice from being live-streamed for instructional purposes related to in-person instruction.

Please address written objections to:

Kara Droney
Communications Director - Avonworth School District
258 Josephs Lane
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Or email written objections to communications@avonworth.k12.pa.us

If you have filed a written objection in the past, you still must file a new letter of objection each year. All written objections must be filed with the district’s communications office by the Friday before the first day of school for students. Your silence will serve as implied consent if you do not file a written objection.

 

Media Protocol

The Avonworth School District makes every attempt to work with the local, national, and international media to provide them with requested information. In order to make the media relations process work smoothly for everyone, we ask that our media representatives honor the following requests:

  • Media representatives are asked to phone or email the Superintendent, Dr. Jeff Hadley, when they are interested in an interview, obtaining photographs, or requesting information.
  • Document information requests must go through the Right-to-Know Officer.
  • All interview requests must go through the Director of Communications and Public Relations.
  • The District DOES NOT permit student or staff interviews on its property unless otherwise authorized.
  • Students being photographed must have prior parent permission before photographs or video can be taken in our schools.
  • When visiting any of our facilities, media are asked to report to the office and secure a Visitor ID Badge. All visitors are required to present a valid photo ID before entering our facilities.
  • During any major crisis in our schools, a media center will be commissioned and media will be instructed on the location of this center via this web site.