Prairie South School Division is committed to open and transparent communication with students, staff, parents, community members and other interested parties. Information about student enrolment, our schools, the budget, the Board of Education, our priorities and our results is freely available on this site or through the Division Office.
The division uses a variety of tools to communicate. Following each Board meeting, Board Highlights are prepared and circulated to staff, school community council chairs, municipalities and the media, as well as posted on the web site. News releases are prepared, circulated and posted for important decisions and actions of the Board, and for significant division events. Annual reports provide a comprehensive summary of information regarding the division.
Information related to activities within schools, or about specific individuals (students or staff), may be protected under The Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
The Act governs the collection and use of private personal information, limiting how and with whom such information can be shared.
As an example, most disciplinary matters would be private and confidential, with information shared only with those involved. Similarly, information relating to specific student needs, records, health status or achievement is considered private.
In most cases, the Chair of the Board of Education and the Director of Education are the media spokespeople for the division. Their broad knowledge of the division, its policies and its priorities help to ensure information is accurate and complete.
On certain occasions, the Director may designate another individual to speak to the media, but as a rule, we do not expect or require employees to respond to media requests.
Principals may choose to speak to the media on topics specific to their school – or they may defer questions to the Director of Education.
The division reserves the right to limit media access to its schools in order to ensure a secure, non-threatening environment conducive to learning – the division's primary purpose.
While schools may invite or allow the media to attend special events and celebrations from time to time, reporters should be aware that they will be accompanied by a staff member (or volunteer) and that access to the school will be limited to the area(s) where the event is taking place.
Media seeking access to the schools on their own initiative must have prior permission Media Access Form from the Director of Education (or designate) and the principal. In general, reporters should provide at least 24 hours advance notice to allow for the coordination of such requests.
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 January 2012 12:11