The Northwest School District welcomes members of the media into our schools and strives to provide the most accurate and timely information available.
Please contact the Community Relations office at (636) 692-0462 if you’d like to interview Northwest educators and administrators. We are happy to put you in touch with the correct person and/or resource for your story and can arrange an interview time.
If you would like to visit a school, please contact the Community Relations office. We will be happy to escort you to any school for the interview or story. We will work with your schedule, as well as that of the students and staff, to ensure that your visit is successful. Please offer a few available dates for your visit in case a school has a conflict on a particular day.
Photographing Students and Staff
Some students choose not to be photographed. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) allows students and parents to opt out of the release of certain information about students, including photographs, and the Northwest School District operates in compliance with this law. Before we can allow anyone to take photos, video and/or quotes from our students, a building administrator or the Community Relations office must verify that these individuals have the proper release information on file.
It is the District’s practice to work as cooperatively as possible to supply timely information to the media in the event of an emergency and its impact on students, teachers or staff members. With that being said, information will only be released provided that the release of information does not jeopardize the emergency response activities or conflict with federal privacy laws, the well-being of our students or employees or the concerns of their families. During an emergency, media will not be allowed inside affected school building(s). Media will be assigned to a designated external area at the site of the emergency to allow full access to the site by emergency response teams.
During an emergency, all media calls are referred to the Community Relations/Communications Department to allow the crisis response team at the site to give full attention to relief efforts. The District will work as quickly as possible to provide accurate information to the media through a spokesperson, written releases, news briefings and/or via our social media channels.
Board of Education
You can stay current with the latest information about the Northwest School District Board of Education by looking attending monthly meetings or looking through meeting minutes. In both of these locations is where you can view agenda items, board meeting activities and find out when the next public meeting is scheduled.
For more information, or to request access to a school campus, please contact Katie Cothron, Community Relations Coordinator, at (636) 692-0462 or firstname.lastname@example.org.