Full email where CPS Office of Communications outlines how it is barring reporters from "public meetings" on closures:
As many of you are aware, the second phase of community engagement around school utilization begins this evening. These meetings are an opportunity for parents and other school community members to engage with us at the front end of this process. It is crucial that they have a voice in how we address our utilization challenges.
Over the next several weeks, we will be holding two community meetings in every school network. The first set of meetings will include presentations and discussions about all schools in that Network and the second set of meetings will be a follow-up discussion that includes conversations about individual schools that are still being considered as part of this process.
While these meetings are open to media, we have set some parameters on access to discussions and wanted to make sure you were aware of these parameters in advance.
1. Opening Presentations made to attendees by CPS officials:
- Open to media for sound, b-roll and observation - approximately 45 minutes to one hour.
- There is no media Q and A.
2. Break-out Sessions:
- Attendees will be divided into breakout sessions run by independent facilitators (not CPS staff) and give participants the opportunity to freely share their thoughts and concerns.
- These breakout sessions are closed to media; however, we will permit a one-minute walk through approximately five minutes into these sessions to allow for b-roll and observation.
- No sound or conversation with attendees will be permitted in the session.
Media are welcome to approach attendees at the conclusion of each meeting.
Thanks in advance for your cooperation.