Media wanting to contact Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) employees, visit IPS schools or other properties, are asked to first contact the Office of Communications and Engagement at 317.226.4000. Media or individuals wanting access to public records or other public information from Indianapolis Public Schools must do so in writing, specifically stating the desired records. Indianapolis Public Schools follows the provisions of the Indiana’s Access to Public Records Act.
Indiana Code § 5-14-3-1 states “…it is the public policy of the state that all persons are entitled to full and complete information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts of those who represent them as public officials and employees. Providing persons with the information is an essential function of a representative government and an integral part of the routine duties of public officials and employees, whose duty it is to provide the information.”
All Indianapolis Public Schools employees must first notify the Office of Communications and Engagement prior to making any comments, releasing information/data related to IPS or allowing photography or media interviews on IPS property.
A sample public records request letter can be found below:
Pursuant to the Indiana Access to Public Records Act (IC 5-14-3), I would like to obtain a copy of the following public records:
[Describe the requested records in detail, including type of record, applicable dates, and format]
I understand that if I seek a copy of this record, there may be a copying fee. Please inform me of that cost prior to making the copy. I can be reached at [phone number or email address].
If you choose to deny the request, then you are required to respond in writing and state the statutory exception authorizing the withholding of all or part of the public record and the name and title or position of the person responsible for the denial.
All requests should be made to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to 120 East Walnut Street, Indianapolis, IN, 46204.