The Superintendent and principals will annually remind staff members and orient new staff members concerning the importance of maintaining proper decorum in the online, digital world as well as in person. Employees must conduct themselves in ways that do not distract from or disrupt the educational process. The orientation and reminders will give special emphasis to:
- Improper fraternization with students using Facebook, Skype, and any/all other Internet sites or social networks, or via cell phone, texting or telephone.
- Teachers may not list current students as “friends” on networking sites
- All e-contacts with students should be through the district’s computer and telephone system, except emergency situations
- All contact and messages by coaches with team members will be sent to all team members, except for messages concerning medical or academic privacy matters, in which case the messages will be copied to the athletic director and the principal
- Teachers will not give out their private cell phone or home phone numbers without prior approval of the district.
- Inappropriate contact via e-mail or phone is prohibited
- Inappropriateness of posting items with sexual content
- Inappropriateness of posting items exhibiting or advocating use of illegal or inappropriate substances, including but not limited to drugs, alcohol, tobacco or e-cigarette products, and prescription/over-the-counter/herbal medications
- Examples of inappropriate behavior from other districts, as behavior to avoid
- Monitoring and penalties for improper use of district computers, tablets, and all relevant digital resources
- The possibility of penalties, including dismissal from employment, for failure to exercise good judgment in online conduct
- The importance of professionalism in all communication
- Adherence to student privacy rights and the rights of employees to have their personnel and medical information kept confidential. Information that is protected by law from disclosure to third parties will not be communicated online in a way that unreasonably exposes such information.
- Records retention requirements, including but not limited to blog entries with comments, e-mails, text messages, and all other digital correspondence.
The Superintendent or designee(s) will periodically conduct Internet searches to determine whether teachers have posted inappropriate materials online. When inappropriate use of digital resources are discovered, the principals and Superintendent will promptly bring that inappropriate use to the attention of the staff member and may consider and apply disciplinary action up to and including termination.
Informational review: 10/13/15
MSC first vote: 10/27/15
MSC second vote: 11/10/15