that students and parents interact daily with friends, family and larger social
network using various electronic communication methods. The school district also
uses email, websites, text messaging, social media and other tools
to communicate with various stakeholders. The Expectations for Communicating
Electronically compliment the district's Responsible
Use Guidelines and the Code of
Ethics for Educators.
1. Protecting the students, staff, and the District;
2. Raising awareness of acceptable ways to use electronic communication tools when communicating with students and parents; and
3. Raising awareness of the positive and negative outcomes that may result in using these tools with students and parents.
The following is a set of expectations that all members of the FCS professional community adhere to when communicating with students and parents electronically.
Does the communication pass the TAP Test?
1. The communication is transparent. ALL electronic communication between staff, students, and parents should be transparent. As a public school district, we are expected to maintain openness, visibility, and accountability with regard to all communications.
2. The communication is accessible. ALL electronic communication between staff, students and parents are a matter of public record and/or may be accessible by others.
3. The communication is professional. ALL electronic communication from staff to student or parent should be written as a professional representing FCS. This includes word choices, tone, grammar and subject matter that model the standards and integrity of a FCS professional. Always choose words that are courteous, conscientious, and generally businesslike in manner.
4. If communication meets all three of the criteria above, then it is very likely that the methods of communicating with students and parents that you are choosing are very appropriate; moreover, encouraged.
Acceptable Communications MethodsOpen Records. As such, do not use them for personal social media or personal distribution lists, such as those for shopping sites or banking.
School and District Websites: All schools, including academic programs, and district departments must use Schoolwires for website hosting and content management. The only exceptions are for official school extracurriculars, which if created outside of Schoolwires are the responsibility of the booster organization or site creator. Links to these external sites must be reviewed by the staff member that adds the link from the official school page. Personal information about staff and students, including personal businesses, and links to staff or student’s personal web pages/blogs/wikis/social media sites are not permitted on the school or district website.
Social Media for Instructional Purposes: Each school has been provided a Facebook and Twitter account (CLICK HERE for list), as well as a YouTube channel. Any content staff members publish, pictures they post, or dialogue they maintain, whether in social media, a blog, a discussion thread or other websites should never compromise the professionalism, integrity and ethics in their role as a FCS professional. A good question that staff members should ask themselves before posting is, “Would I mind if that information appeared on the front page of the local newspaper?” If the answer is “yes,” then do not post it.
As with all communication, it is important to create an atmosphere of trust and individual accountability, keeping in mind that information produced by FCS employees is a reflection on the entire district. By accessing, creating or contributing to any website, blog, wiki, or social media for classroom or district use, you agree to abide by these expectations.
Question? Contact Jennifer Caracciolo.