July 31, 2009
TO: SCHOOL DISTRICTS
RE: CBS 2 FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST
By now, many school districts across the Chicago metropolitan area have received a Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA") request for records from CBS 2
WBBM-TV. The request seeks, among other things, records pertaining to corporal punishment administered to students, the use of time-out rooms, and complaints relating to both. Much of the information sought is exempt from disclosure under the FOIA since it involves confidential student record information. Nonetheless, the FOIA requires the school district, as a public body, to respond to a FOIA request within seven (7) working days of receipt of the request. Your response must indicate what information is exempt, what information will be furnished, and how that information will be made available.
We have prepared a draft response to the request which can be personalized to address the recordsl/information your district has which are relevant to the
CBS request. If you desire assistance in responding to the CBS FOIA request, please contact the attorney with whom you normally work.