6252 Use of Social Media by District Staff


The Grand Island Public Schools supports the use of technology to communicate with students for legitimate educational purposes.  However, school district employees are responsible for conducting themselves professionally, exercising appropriate judgment, and teaching and modeling high standards of behavior and civic values, regardless of location.  This applies to employees’ conduct and interactions with students and to material they post on personal web sites, blogs, and other social networking sites including, but not limited to, Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, and Twitter.  District employees are prohibited from inappropriate technological communication including but not limited to texting, online socializing or social networking (including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace), internet use, e-mail, blogging, or any other electronic communication that violates the law, district policies, or the Regulations and Standards for Professional Practices Criteria, commonly known as Rule 27 of the Nebraska Department of Education (“Rule 27”).  

Unless an employee has a legitimate educational purpose, the following use of social media is a violation of this policy.  The following list is intended to be illustrative and does not describe every kind of prohibited behavior.

  • Communicating with students about sex, personal, intimate, or similar matters.
  • Joking with students about matters involving sex, using double entendre or making suggestive remarks of a sexual nature.
  • Sharing sexually inappropriate material or objects with students.
  • Displaying pornography.
  • Making any sexual advance or engaging in any activity of a sexual or romantic nature with a student.
  • “Friending” or otherwise authorizing or requesting student access to personal social media accounts.  This prohibition shall not apply to social media accounts created solely for class or educationally related matters to which all of the employees’ students are allowed or offered access.
  • Disclosing confidential student records or information.
  • Disclosing confidential personnel records or information of other school district employees, agents, or volunteers.
  • Behaving in any manner that results in a disruption to the school environment or that impairs the employee’s ability to perform his or her employment duties or to be an effective employee.
  • Using an employment title or including any reference to the employee’s affiliation with the school district unless the communication is school related and in compliance with the law, district policies, or Rule 27.
  • Including school mascots, symbols, logos, or other district trademarks in non-school related communications.  

Nothing in this policy should be construed to (1) limit an employee’s right to speak as a citizen about matters of public concern, (2) prohibit an employee from communicating with students about non-school organizations or activities for which the employee is a coach or supervisor as long as the employee’s communication is in compliance with the non-school organization’s standards of conduct and Rule 27 or (3) regulate any communication that is unrelated to the employee’s position of employment with the school district and otherwise protected by the United States Constitution and the Nebraska Constitution. 

Students, parents, and any other person should notify an administrator if they believe that a school district employee or any other person affiliated with the school district may be engaging in conduct that violates this policy.  School district employees are required to promptly notify an administrator if they become aware of any situation that may constitute a violation of this policy.

A violation of this policy will form the basis for employee discipline up to and including termination or cancellation of employment, filing a report with law enforcement officials, and filing a report with the Commissioner of Education.

 

References:      Children’s Internet Protection Act, 47 USC § 254

                                    FCC Order adopted August 10, 2011

47 USC § 254(h)(1)(b); 47 CFR 54.500(b) and 68 FR 36932 (2003)  (E-rate

restrictions)

Neb. Rev. Stat. § 49-14,101.01 (Political Accountability and Disclosure Act)

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

            5 U.S.C. § 552, As Amended by Public Law No. 104-231, 110 Stat. 3048

Neb. Rev. Stat. § 79-866 (Rule 27 Regulations and Standards for Professional Practices

Criteria)

 

Grand Island Public Schools policies:

                        1310 NONDISCRIMINATION

                        1311 BULLYING AND HARRASSMENT

                        5521 COPYRIGYT COMPLIANCE

                        6213.1 Administrative Guidelines for Acceptable Use Agreement-Staff

                        6213.2 Acceptable Use Agreement Form - Staff

                        7352 ACCESS TO NETWORKED INFORMATION RESOURCES

                         8456 STUDENT USE OF PERSONAL ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION                                                  DEVICES

 

Policy Adopted: 7.12.2012

Policy Revised:  03.10.2016