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Pasco school district explores ways for outside groups to get information to students



It happens as regularly as the sports seasons. Community athletic teams ask schools to distribute information to students, so they can get more participants.

They're not alone. Martial arts schools, camps, and all sorts of organizations seek similar access. And more often than not, the district rejects the requests, rationalizing that it's not in the business of advertising non-educational programs for private entities. Sometimes, though, schools allow the groups to put papers in the front office for parents to pick up if they're interested.

District leaders are considering a new process that might allow information to flow a bit more freely.

A committee met Tuesday to discuss the creation of a format by which organizations can submit information they'd like to get to students. They would fill out an online form, which a review panel would go over and decide whether to allow distribution to students. This model would create more consistency among schools, while also not forcing individual schools to spend time dealing with outside handouts.

District communication director Linda Cobbe said no decisions have been made.

[Last modified: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 10:40am]


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