Communications

Published: Tuesday, 11 December 2012


Media Guidelines

Weatherford ISD will work cooperatively with the news media for coverage of questionable issues, crisis, general news, and events involving the district.

Please respect the following WISD media guidelines that will ensure the integrity of our instructional day and allow us to provide consistent, accurate information to our media representative.
The following guidelines are in effect at all WISD facilities:
All media inquiries should be directed to the the Communications/Community Relations Department.
  • The WISD Communications Department should be contacted when a representative of the media visits a facility. If the media visits a WISD facility without prior approval from the campus administrator, he or she should be asked to leave and sent to the communications department. The principal will be notified to coordinate an appropriate time and campus contact person for media visits.
  • News reporters and/or photographers will not be allowed inside the facility unless the appropriate staff members have been notified and it is determined that such a visit will not be disruptive to the learning environment.
  • Photographs and video may be taken by the media at the discretion of the campus administrator/communications department.
  • The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) must be followed at all times. Each campus has a list of students whose "directory information" (i.e. names, addresses, photos) cannot be released per the parent or guardian's request.

Public Information Requests
The Texas Public Information Act gives the public the right to request access to or copies of information maintained by public entities.

Although the act makes most information maintained by public entities available to the public, some exceptions exist. If an exception might apply and the governmental body wishes to withhold the information, the governmental body must, within 10 business days of receiving the public information request, refer the matter to the Office of the Attorney General for a ruling.

For detailed information on the act and access to the Public Information Handbook from the Office of the Attorney General (OAG), please click www.oag.state.tx.us to access the OAG Web site.

The public is encouraged to visit this site when contemplating a request for information from the Weatherford Independent School District.

Please Note: All WISD Public Information requests are handled by the Administrative Services Department. For contact information, please click HERE.