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Sausalito Marin City SD |  BP  1114  Community Relations

School-Sponsored Social Media   

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The Board of Trustees recognizes the value of technology such as social media platforms in promoting community involvement and collaboration. The purpose of any official district social media platform shall be to further the school's vision and mission, support student learning and staff professional development, and enhance communication with students, parents/guardians, staff, and community members.

The Board of Trustees recognizes the value of technology such as social media platforms in promoting community involvement and collaboration. The purpose of any official school 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 school social media platforms to ensure the appropriate and responsible use of these resources and compliance with law, Board policy, and regulation.

Guidelines for Content

Official school social media platforms shall be used only for their stated purposes and in a manner consistent with this policy and administrative regulation. By creating these official 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 school social media platforms is clearly communicated to users. Each site shall contain a statement that specifies the site's purposes along with a statement that users are expected to use the site only for those purposes. Each site shall also contain a statement that users are personally responsible for the content of their posts.

Official school 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.

Staff or students who post prohibited content shall be subject to discipline in accordance with district policies and administrative regulations.

Users of official school social media platforms 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.

Privacy

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that the privacy rights of students, parents/guardians, staff, Board members, and other individuals are protected on official district social media platforms.

Board policy pertaining to the posting of student photographs and the privacy of telephone numbers, home addresses, and email addresses, as specified in BP 1113 - School Web Sites, shall also apply to official district social media platforms.

Social media and networking sites and other online platforms shall not be used by school employees to transmit confidential information about students, employees, or school operations.

Policy SAUSALITO MARIN CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: September 9, 2014 Sausalito, California