Media requests and public information requests should contact:
Tracey Carson, Public Information Officer
211 North East St.
Mason, OH 45040
513-398-0474, option 7
Mason City School District recognizes the important role the media
plays in reporting news and information about its policies, programs,
services, events, students and employees. The Public Information Office
is committed to providing District information to the media and making
every effort to work within media deadlines.
requests to interview, videotape or photograph Mason City Schools
employees, students or board members must be made through the Public
Information Office. When requests for student interviews are granted,
the interview will be conducted at a District-designated site to
minimize the loss of instructional time and disruption to the learning
Visiting the District
Mason City School District welcomes members of the media to visit our
schools in order to follow through on stories. Members of the media are
expected to notify the Public Information Office prior to gaining access
to school property. As a safety and security precaution, the media will
be asked to sign-in and present valid identification.
videotaping, taking a still photograph, or conducting interviews while
in the school district, the Public Information Officer (or designee)
will accompany the media at all times to minimize disruption at the
school and to assist with any additional requests.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
Mason City School District abides by the Family Educational Rights and
Privacy Act (FERPA), which allows students and parents to opt out of the
release of certain information about students, including photographs.
The Public Information Officer works with each school to determine who
cannot be photographed and interviewed according to FERPA guidelines.
School Board Meetings
of the media are invited to attend all open meetings of the Mason City
School District Board of Education. Media may videotape and/or record
these meetings. To avoid disruption of the meeting, members of the media
are asked to not approach board members, guest speakers or members of
the audience inside the board room during the meeting. Interviews should
be conducted outside the board room in the foyer. Copies of the board
agenda, informational items and other meeting materials are available
It is the
Mason City School District’s practice to work as cooperatively as
possible to provide timely information to the media on the emergency and
its impact on students and staff members, provided the release of
information does not jeopardize the emergency response activities, or
conflict with FERPA, the well-being of our students and employees, or
the concerns of their families. Members of the media may be assigned to a
designated site to ensure full access to the emergency by emergency
The Public Information Office will work as
quickly as possible to provide accurate information to the media
through a spokesperson, written release or statement, or news briefings.