Las Cruces Public Schools supports the rights of citizens to have access to information that affects school programs and services for students. The district strives to maintain a positive relationship with all news media outlets and other communications representatives. Our goal is to ensure the dissemination of timely, accurate and newsworthy information to the community through the news media. All district staff and administrators work to create a positive, courteous relationship with members of the news media and maintain open communications on matters of a routine nature while also keeping the welfare of students as the guiding principle in all contacts with the news media.
The Communications Department coordinates news coverage of the school district and is responsible for overseeing official communications between the school system and news media.
All media inquiries should be submitted to the LCPS Director of Communications.
Media Access to District Schools & Facilities
Las Cruces Public Schools welcomes members of the media into our schools and strives to provide the most accurate and timely information available. The LCPS Communications Department should be the first point of contact for all media inquiries for our district. News media will not be allowed on any district property without prior consent from the Communications Department.
Interviewing & Photographing Students
Las Cruces Public Schools operates in compliance with Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). This law allows students and parents to opt out of the release of certain information about students, including photographs. Each school is responsible for maintaining a database to determine who cannot be photographed and interviewed according to FERPA guidelines via the district’s regulations.
Press Releases, Media Alerts & News Conferences
The Communications Department is responsible for coordinating all news coverage of the school district. The department oversees official communications between the school system and news media by initiating story ideas to include press releases and media advisories as well as facilitating requests for news coverage from media representatives and district personnel. The department also provides assistance to school administrators regarding effective relations with the news media.