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New Staff Social Media Policy

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New Staff Social Media Policy
Posted on 08/28/2019
This is the image for the news article titled New Staff Social Media Policy The Portland Public Schools is starting the 2019-2020 school year with a new policy regarding the use of social media by school staff. The district worked with school leaders, Portland Education Association leadership and the Portland Board of Public Education for more than a year to develop the policy. The Board approved the new policy this past May. It is consistent with other social media policies adopted by school districts in our area. Here are some highlights of the new policy:
It defines social media and distinguishes between social media for educational and personal uses.
It outlines the parameters for approval of social media for educational uses
It delineates the manner in which school staff can and cannot use social media to communicate with district students.
It delineates the appropriate uses of text messaging for communicating with students
It outlines administrator responsibilities for monitoring and training on the policy.
It limits staff texting to students who are in high school
It states that employees are prohibited from texting students below the ninth grade or students whose parents or legal guardians have opted the student out of texting as a means of staff-student communication, except where the staff believes it’s necessary for the safety or well being of the student.
Read the new policy HERE