August 1, 2022
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, livestreaming, 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, livestreamed, 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 2022-2023 school year, your child may be recorded, interviewed, livestreamed, 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 in places such as 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 certainly has no control of the news media or others outside of 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 livestreamed for instructional purposes related to in-person instruction.
Please address written objections to Bonnie Berzonski, Coordinator of Communications, Fox Chapel Area School District, 611 Field Club Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238. 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 Friday, August 19, 2022. If you do not file a written objection, your silence will serve as implied consent.