DISTRICT-SPONSORED SOCIAL MEDIA

BOARD POLICY - 1114

Community Relations

The Board of Education recognizes the communications value of social media platforms in promoting District news, information, community involvement and collaboration. The purpose of any official District social media platform shall be to further the District's vision and mission, support student learning and staff professional development, and enhance communication with students, parents/guardians, staff and community members.

The Superintendent or designee shall develop content guidelines and protocols for official District social media platforms to ensure the appropriate and responsible use of these resources and compliance with law, District policies, and regulations.

Privacy

With regard to content under the purview of the District and/or upon awareness of posts or comments submitted by the public on any official District social media platform, the Superintendent or designee shall make best efforts to protect the privacy rights of students, parents/guardians, staff, Board Members, and other individuals.

District policy pertaining to the posting of student photographs and the privacy of telephone numbers, home addresses, email addresses or other private student information shall also apply to official District social media platforms.

Social media and networking sites and other public (non-secured) online platforms shall not be used by District employees to transmit confidential information about students, employees, or District operations.

Guidelines for Content

Official District social media platforms shall be used only for their stated purposes and in a manner consistent with this policy and corresponding regulation. By utilizing these official media sites and allowing for public comment, the Board does not intend to create a limited public forum or otherwise guarantee an individual's right to free speech.

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that the limited purpose of the official District social media platforms is clearly communicated to District staff using social media. On each official District social media platform, there will be a link to IUSD’s website, where the social media policy may be accessed by the public.

Any comments or posts, by the public or District personnel, that violate privacy rights, laws, the nondiscrimination policies of the District, or are found to be unrelated to the purpose of the site, may be removed and or reported to the social media platform upon identification by District personnel. District staff shall regularly monitor official District social media sites to maintain content consistency and standards.

Official District social media platforms may not contain content that is obscene, libelous, or so incites students as to create a clear and present danger of the commission of unlawful acts on school premises, violation of school rules, or substantial disruption of the school's orderly operation. In accordance with the social media platforms’ terms and conditions, the District reserves the right to remove such content from its social media sites.

Staff or students who post prohibited content on the official District social media sites shall be subject to discipline in accordance with District policies and regulations.

Users, which for purposes of this policy is defined as District staff and members of the public, should be aware of the public nature and accessibility of social media and that information posted may be considered a public record, subject to disclosure under the Public Records Act. The Board expects users to conduct themselves in a respectful, courteous and professional manner.

See Also

Board Policy 3140 – Internet Privacy Policy Information Associated with Students
Board Policy 5125 – Pupil Records

Administrative Regulation 1114 – District-Sponsored Social Media

 

Policy Adopted: October 3, 2017