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.
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?
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 of the accounts), 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.