For the Media
Grand Forks Public Schools recognizes and appreciates the role of media in providing news and information to our community. It is the role of Communications and Community Engagement Coordinator to assist in providing information about the school system in a timely and accurate manner. Members of the media are asked to contact the Communications Office with requests to interview, photograph, or film employees or students.
Requests for Employees
Grand Forks Public Schools employs educators and administrators who are often leaders in the field of K-12 education. If you are interested in interviewing, photographing, or filming an employee, please contact the Communications Office. This will allow for a consistent procedure to understand the information that is being requested, your deadline, and allow us to determine who would be the best source for your story. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, interviews will be arranged by the Communications Office and conducted via telephone or virtual meeting.
Requests for Students
Grand Forks Public Schools also has a large number of accomplished, award-winning students throughout our educational system. We operate in compliance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which provides parents/guardians/students to opt-out of the release of certain information. The Communications Office keeps a record of those requests. Therefore, no interviews, photographs, or video with students is permitted without the prior approval of the Communications and Community Engagement Coordinator. The only exception: routine athletics coverage. As a general rule, members of the media may take general footage of students during school events that are open to the public, which includes athletic events. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, interviews will be arranged by the Communications Office and will be conducted via telephone or virtual meeting.
Requests for the Grand Forks School Board/Grand Forks Air Force Base School Board
Requests for members of the Grand Forks School Board and/or Grand Forks Air Force Base School Board members can be made directly to the Board member. You will find their information on the Directory portion of the School Board website at https://www.gfschools.org/domain/11.
School Board Meetings
Per Grand Forks School Board Policy 1002, the media is urged to attend meetings of the School Board. Meeting announcements, agendas, meeting minutes, and other related supporting documents will be available to media through the Superintendent’s Office or on the district’s website, www.gfschools.org. To avoid disruption of the meeting, media are asked to approach/interview Board members, guest speakers, or members of the audience outside of the meeting room.
During the 2020-2021 school year, in order to help limit the spread of COVID-19, non-essential visitors will not be allowed in our school buildings, which includes members of the media. For reference, essential visitors would include therapists from community agencies, student-teachers. The only exception: public meetings.
During an emergency, media will not be allowed inside affected school building(s). You are asked to refer any questions/requests to the Communications Office. We will work to obtain information from our response team and local authorities on site and respond to you as quickly as possible. Please do not try to circumvent this process by contacting a school directly. School phones are needed to manage the situation and they must remain open.