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ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN EMPLOYEES AND STUDENTS POLICY

PURPOSE:

This policy is intended to comply with all applicable State and Federal laws, including the most recent action taken in A 214 by the 2009 Louisiana Legislative Session, Louisiana Revised Statute 17:81(Q).

This policy also introduces and outlines guidelines to ensure that employees, parents, and students are aware of the expectations of the Iberia Parish School District with respect to proper use of electronic communication devices between its employees and students. The School System’s approved electronic communications systems shall be utilized to promote appropriate student-staff relationships and educational excellence. This policy is not intended to limit the use of technology as an effective teaching tool.

DEFINITIONS:

1.

Electronic Communication telecommunication devices

  • -

    includes any direct communication facilitated by voice or text-based

, or both, computers, as well as those devices that facilitate indirect

c o m m u n i c a t i o n u s i n g a n i n t e r m e d i a t e m e t h o d , i n c l u d i n g , b u t n o t l i m i t e d t o I n t e r n e t - b a s e d s o c i a l the transfer of signs, signals, writing, images, sounds, data, or networks. It shall also include

intelligence of any nature, in whole or in part by wire, radio, electromagnetic, photoelectric, or photo- optical system and pertains to both personal and School Board-issued devices.

  • 2.

    Educational Services – constitutes provision of direct and indirect classroom instruction, as well as extracurricular activities provided by the Iberia Parish School District.

  • 3.

    Electronic mail – the transmission of text-based information or communication by use of the Internet, computers, a facsimile machine, a pager, a cellular telephone, a video recorder, or any other electronic device or means sent to a person identified by a unique address or address number and received by that person.

  • 4.

    Computers - pertains to any and all computers.

  • 5.

    Social networks – locations on the Internet where users may interact with other users -- examples are

Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, and other social network sites available on the internet.

6. Improper or inappropriate communications – any communication between employee and student, regardless of who initiates the communication, that may be viewed as derogatory, sexual or lewd in content, threatening or harassing, discriminatory, simple fraternization, or suggestive in nature.

POLICY GUIDELINES:

1. The Iberia Parish School District prohibits any type of close personal relationship between a school employee and a student that may be reasonably perceived as unprofessional, such as excessive personal attention outside of school. School employees shall not communicate with students, entertain students, socialize with students, or spend an excess amount of time with students in such a manner as to reasonably create the impression to other students, their parents, or the public that an improper relationship exists.

2.

All electronic communication conducted by an employee with a student must be relative to the

educational services made available by

provided to the student and shall be delivered by means provided by or

the

School

System

for

this

purpose.

Approved

School

System

otherwise electronic

communication methods websites, school-provided Parish School System.

are school phones and

system email, other electronic

school-sponsored teacher websites, school communication that is approved by the Iberia

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