For all Media Inquiries please contact Communications and Marketing
Kimberly G. McKenzie, Director of Communications: 314-953-5005
The Hazelwood School District (HSD) recognizes the important role the media plays in reporting news and information about its students, teachers, staff, educational programs, and services. The Hazelwood School District’s Communication Department assists the media by providing information about the District in an accurate and timely manner.
Media who are interested in filming, photographing or interviewing Hazelwood School District students, staff members, or board members are asked to make a request through the Communications Department at 314-953-5005.
If you would like to visit a school, please contact the Communications Department. We will work with your schedule, as well as that of the students and staff in order to ensure that your visit is a successful one. Keep in mind that our schools participate in early dismissal days, standardized testing and school events that may prohibit your visit on a specific day. When a member of the media is on school district property, a Communications staff member or designee will serve as an escort to minimize disruption at the school and to assist with additional requests.
Photographing or Interviewing Students
The Hazelwood School District operates in compliance with the 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. The Communications Department will work with each school to determine who cannot be photographed and interviewed according to FERPA guidelines. Before taking photos, video, and quotes from Hazelwood students and staff, please verify the legality with the Communications Department at 314-953-5005.
Interviews with School Officials
The Hazelwood School District employs educators and administrators who, often times, are leaders in education. Our staff is prepared to discuss current and important issues with reporters. If you are interested in interviewing, filming or photographing a District employee or board member, your first point of contact is with the Communications Department. We are glad to help you find the correct resource for your story and arrange an interview time and location.
Board of Education Meetings
Members of the media are invited to attend all open meetings of the Hazelwood School District Board of Education. Media may film and/or record these meetings. To avoid disruption of the meeting, reporters and photographers are asked not to approach board members, guest speakers, or members of the audience in the board room during the meeting. Interviews must be conducted outside the boardroom or in a pre-arranged conference room. Copies of the board agenda, informational items, and other meeting materials are available on the counter in the rear of the boardroom or accessed from the District’s website under Board of Education, and Board Docs.
It is the District’s practice to work as cooperatively as possible to supply timely information to the media in an emergency and its impact on students, teachers, or staff members, provided the release of information does not jeopardize the emergency response activities, or conflict with federal privacy laws, the well-being of students or employees, or the concerns of families. During an emergency, media will not be allowed inside affected school building(s). Media will be assigned to a designated external area at the site of the emergency to allow full access to the site by emergency response teams.
During an emergency, all media calls are referred to the Communications Department to allow the crisis response team at the site to give full attention to relief efforts. The District will work as quickly as possible to provide accurate information to the media through a spokesperson, written releases, or news briefing.
Board of Education Documents
To view Board meeting dates, agendas, presentations, or other board meeting materials please visit "About Us" and then BoardDocs.
For additional information or to schedule a visit to any one of our 32 school campuses, please contact Kimberly McKenzie, director of communications and marketing at 314-953-5005.
Open Records/Sunshine Requests
Persons wishing to request open records (Sunshine requests) should be made in writing to the following:
Ms. Kristina Allen
Secretary to the Board of Education
15955 New Halls Ferry Rd.
Florissant, MO 63031