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Web Extra: School District Social Media Policies

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We're making it easy for you to check up on your kids' school, and looked at the social media policies for most of our major districts.

DAYTON

To maintain a more formal staff-student relationship, District employees shall not “friend” current students on social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace (except when that employee is a relative or legal guardian of the student).

In addition, District employees will not “instant message” or text message current students, and will not respond to student-initiated attempts at conversation through non-District-approved media, whether personal or professional accounts.

Assume that nothing posted online, in any capacity, is private.

When putting something online, use the “Front Page Test” - would this post/picture/information be embarrassing, slanderous or threatening if it ended up on the front page of tomorrow’s newspaper?

CENTERVILLE

FRIENDING OR FOLLOWING: "That language is not included in our policy at this time."

An employee’s personal or private use of social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, blogs, etc., may have unintended consequences.

While the Board respects its employees' First Amendment rights, those rights do not include permission to post inflammatory comments that could compromise the District's mission, undermine staff relationships, or cause a substantial disruption to the school environment.

This warning includes staff members’ online conduct that occurs off school property including from the employee’s private computer.

Postings to social media should be done in a manner sensitive to the staff member’s professional responsibilities.

In addition, Federal and State confidentiality laws forbid schools and their employees from using or disclosing student education records without parental consent.

See Policy 8330. Education records include a wide variety of information; posting personally identifiable information about students is not permitted.

Staff members who violate State and Federal confidentiality laws or privacy laws related to the disclosure of confidential student or employee information may be disciplined.

-BEAVERCREEK

FRIENDING OR FOLLOWING: No specific policy

WEST CARROLLTON

FRIENDING OR FOLLOWING: No specific policy

7540.40

An employee’s personal or private use of social media may have unintended consequences.

While the Board respects its employees' First Amendment rights, those rights do not include permission to post inflammatory comments that could compromise the District's mission, undermine staff relationships, or cause a substantial disruption to the school environment.

This warning includes staff members’ online conduct that occurs off school property including from the employee’s private computer.

Postings to social media should be done in a manner sensitive to the staff member’s professional responsibilities.

In addition, Federal and State confidentiality laws forbid schools and their employees from using or disclosing student education records without parental consent.

See Policy 8330.

Education records include a wide variety of information; posting personally identifiable information about students is not permitted.

Staff members who violate State and Federal confidentiality laws or privacy laws related to the disclosure of confidential student or employee information may be disciplined.

Staff members retain rights of communication for collective bargaining purposes and union organizational activities.

VANDALIA

FRIENDING OR FOLLOWING: No specific policy

An employee’s personal or private use of social media may have unintended consequences.

While the Board respects its employees' First Amendment rights, those rights do not include permission to post inflammatory comments that could compromise the District's mission, undermine staff relationships, or cause a substantial disruption to the school environment.

This warning includes staff members’ online conduct that occurs off school property including from the employee’s private computer.

Postings to social media should be done in a manner sensitive to the staff member’s professional responsibilities.

In addition, Federal and State confidentiality laws forbid schools and their employees from using or disclosing student education records without parental consent.

See Policy 8330.

Education records include a wide variety of information; posting personally identifiable information about students is not permitted.

Staff members who violate State and Federal confidentiality laws or privacy laws related to the disclosure of confidential student or employee information may be disciplined.

Staff members retain rights of communication for collective bargaining purposes and union organizational activities.

FAIRBORN

FRIENDING OR FOLLOWING: No specific policy

Staff members shall only engage in electronic communication with students via email, texting, social media and/or online networking media, such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, MySpace, Skype, blogs, etc., when such communication is directly related to curricular matters or co-curricular/extracurricular events or activities with prior approval of the principal.

Staff members are prohibited from electronically transmitting any personally identifiable image of a student(s), including video, photographs, streaming video, etc. via email, text message, or through the use of social media and/or online networking media, such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, MySpace, Skype, blogs, etc., unless such transmission has been made as part of a pre-approved curricular matter or co-curricular/extracurricular event or activity such as a school-sponsored publication or production in accordance with Policy 5722.

EATON

FRIENDING OR FOLLOWING: No specific policy

PIQUA

FRIENDING OR FOLLOWING: No specific policy

KETTERING

FRIENDING OR FOLLOWING: No specific policy

A professional staff member shall not associate or fraternize with students at any time in a manner that may give the appearance of impropriety, including, but not limited to, the creation or participation in any situation or activity that could be considered abusive or sexually suggestive or involve harmful substances such as illegal drugs, alcohol or tobacco. Any sexual or other inappropriate conduct with a student by any staff member will subject the offender to potential criminal prosecution and disciplinary action by the Board up to and including termination of employment.

If a student approaches a staff member to seek advice or to ask questions regarding a personal problem related to sexual behavior, substance abuse, mental or physical health, and/or family relationships, etc., the staff member may attempt to assist the student by facilitating contact with certified or licensed individuals in the District or community who specialize in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of the student's stated problem. However, under no circumstances should a staff member attempt, unless properly licensed and authorized to do so, to counsel, assess, diagnose, or treat the student's problem or behavior, nor should such staff member inappropriately disclose personally identifiable information concerning the student to third persons not specifically authorized by law.

Staff members shall only engage in electronic communication with students via email, texting, social media, and/or online networking media, such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, MySpace, Skype, blogs, etc., when such communication is directly related to curricular matters or co-curricular/extracurricular events or activities with prior approval of the principal.

Staff members are prohibited from electronically transmitting any personally identifiable image of a student(s), including video, photographs, streaming video, etc. via email, text message, or through the use of social media and/or online networking media, such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, MySpace, Skype, blogs, etc., unless such transmission has been made as part of a pre-approved curricular matter or co-curricular/extracurricular event or activity such as a school- sponsored publication or production in accordance with Policy 5722.

An employee’s personal or private use of social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, blogs, etc., may have unintended consequences.

While the Board respects its employees' First Amendment rights, those rights do not include permission to post inflammatory comments that could compromise the District's mission, undermine staff relationships, or cause a substantial disruption to the school environment.

This warning includes staff members’ online conduct that occurs off school property including from the employee’s private computer.

Postings to social media should be done in a manner sensitive to the staff member’s professional responsibilities.

In addition, Federal and State confidentiality laws forbid schools and their employees from using or disclosing student education records without parental consent.

See Policy 8330.

Education records include a wide variety of information; posting personally identifiable information about students is not permitted.

Staff members who violate State and Federal confidentiality laws or privacy laws related to the disclosure of confidential student or employee information may be disciplined.

Staff members retain rights of communication for collective bargaining purposes and union organizational activities.

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