Disclosure to Media

Employees and volunteers are expected not to disclose or speak about any confidential or personal information they learn through their employment. Therefore, unless an employee has specific written permission the employee cannot give information to the media about individual students, other employees, administrators or trustees.

If an employee is aware of third party confidential information, information about deliberations of a board of education (board) or about the business affairs of the board the employee cannot share that information.

If there is an emergency situation at a school it may be difficult for an employee to assess what information is confidential and what is not. In such situations the best practice is to refer all media requests to the spokesperson for the board. If there is no particular person designated to deal with the issue then all requests should be passed to the director of education.

Board policy on privacy and access should set out the expectations for all employees when dealing with the media.