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New Social Media Policy for Teachers Approved

Policy prohibits district educators from 'inappropriately fraternizing with students' online.

A new policy outlining the appropriate use of social media by school district employees was approved by the Board of Education Thursday.

The policy covers all social media sites and applications, including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Google+.

Under the new policy, employees are prohibited from:

  • Posting to sites during work hours, which include updating their Facebook status, unless it involves a school project. Employees would need approval from the Superintendent before posts could be made.
  • Publishing information the state commissioner of education would deem inappropriate or that would be inappropriate to say in a classroom or professional workplace. This includes profanity and personal attacks.
  • Improperly fraternizing with students.
  • Posting any identifying student information, including names, videos, and photographs, without written permission from a student’s parent and the school’s principal first.

“Employees should exercise care in setting appropriate boundaries between their personal and public online behavior, understanding that what is private in the digital world often has the possibility of becoming public even without their knowledge or consent,” the policy states.

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Noel Kendall October 19, 2012 at 05:44 PM
I certainly don't expect or want real-time minutiae/data about my kids in school. This would be another huge database open to misuse for what measured benefit? I much prefer qualitative summaries over a defined time period. Next request will be streaming live CCTV feeds from every classroom in the school! Big brother is watching you...
Joe videodummy October 19, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Jack Q Then in your case, you don't need to log in to the portal that often. The correct design of a portal is the same as having on-line access to you bank account, and having access to all of your bank accounts. There, you can check your savings, your checking, your credit card, and any other accounts like student checking accounts. You have the option of moving around money, paying bills, or reveiwing any purchases. You also have the option of not using the on-line account information- and going to the bank directly if you dispute a charge etc. On-line banking is FREE. Why should this same program in our schools cost us any money to see how our students are doing- if we wanted too !
Pad October 19, 2012 at 09:33 PM
I really haven't seen any poor teachers in Wayne. Your contracts have been generous. Especially the last one that the BOE allowed the WEA to cancel before it was up so the new contract wouldn't come under the new state guidelines. Maybe if you are unhappy here go to another town. Ask teachers in Clifton what they put up with, or Paterson etc. Maybe you should grow up and see how good you really have it.
fboy1932 October 20, 2012 at 07:29 PM
The board of education should not have its own facebook page etc..plain and simple.
bambi October 21, 2012 at 08:19 PM
do as i say, not as i do!!!!!!!!! or practice what you preach!!!!!!

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