UINTAH SCHOOL DISTRICT POLICY ACTION REVIEW

 

 

1st Reading

3/14/17

New

 

2nd Reading

4/11/17

Revised

X

 Approved

4/11/17

Substitute

 

 

005.6000  ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION

Revises Policy 005.6000 Employee Social Networking/Electronic Communication last approved 10/12/10

 

1.      GENERAL STATEMENT

 

1.1.   Uintah School District recognizes both the educational value and dangers of social networking sites and electronic communication. 

 

1.2.   To protect district personnel, students, parents, and district resources, the district requires all employees who access social networking sites and electronic communication to abide by this policy.

 

2.      DEFINITIONS

 

2.1.   “Web Page” means a social networking site, personal web site, blog account, or other internet location.

 

2.2.   “Electronic Communication” means any communication using an electronic device, including but not limited to, telephone, cellular phone, computer, etc.

 

2.3.   “Student” means an individual whose class has not graduated or who is enrolled in a Uintah School District K-12 school, whether the school is traditional, charter, or private.

 

2.4.   “Inappropriate” means any content that violates, in any way, standards of conduct as outlined in policy 005.1200 STANDARDS OF CONDUCT AND DUE PROCESS, state laws, or federal laws.

 

2.5.   “Instructional Web Pages” means any electronic tool used for or in connection with the instruction of Uintah School District students.

 

3.      ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION

 

3.1.   District employees are prohibited from communicating inappropriately with students and/or district employees, or other stakeholders.

 

3.2.   A district employee who receives inappropriate material from a student must report the incident to his/her supervisor.

 

3.3.   An instructional web page shall comply with all school policies.

 

3.4.   Educators may not utilize instructional web pages which include profane, obscene, defamatory, or bullying language or comments.

 

3.5.   Educators must comply with the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, and must not post student photos or personally identifiable information without prior written parental consent.

 

3.6.   Educators are responsible for all content on their instructional web pages, including posts by students.

 

3.6.1.      Educators must remove all posts which violate state laws, federal laws and/or school district policy, and must report violations to school administration immediately so that proper disciplinary action can be taken.

 

3.6.2.      If the teacher directs students to a web page, school administrators shall be provided access as needed and may monitor the site for compliance with this policy.

 

3.7.   Employees shall not use personal web pages in a way that represents a personal web page as an official Uintah School District web page or implies a connection to the Uintah School District.

 

3.8.   Use of district owned equipment and internet access is monitored, and employees have no expectation of privacy in activities utilizing district owned equipment, whether the use occurs on or off contract time.

 

3.9.   Nothing in this policy shall prohibit personal or private social networking by employees acting outside of the scope of their employment with personally owned equipment.