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4035SOCIAL MEDIA

The Board of Education recognizes the importance and utility of social media and networks for its employees.  The laws regarding social media continue to evolve and change.  Nothing in this policy is intended to limit an employee’s right to use social media under applicable law, as it may evolve.  The Board acknowledges, for example, that its employees have the right under the First Amendment, in certain circumstances, to speak out on matters of public concern.  The Board will resolve any conflict between this policy and applicable law in favor of the law.  

 

Ordinarily, the use of social media by employees, including employees’ personal use of social media, will not be a legal or policy issue. While a policy cannot address every instance of inappropriate social media use, employees must refrain from social media use that:

 

  1. interferes, disrupts or undermines the effective operation of the school district;
  2. is used to engage in harassing, defamatory, obscene, abusive, discriminatory or threatening or similarly inappropriate communications;
  3. creates a hostile work environment;
  4. breaches confidentiality obligations of school district employees; or
  5. violates the law, board policies and/or other school rules and regulations.

 

The Board of Education, through its Superintendent, will adopt and maintain administrative regulations to implement this policy.

 

Legal References:

 

U.S. Constitution, Amend. I

Conn. Constitution, Article I, Sections 3, 4, 14

Conn. Gen. Stat. § 31-48d

Conn. Gen. Stat. § 31-51q

Conn. Gen. Stat. §§ 53a-182; 53a-183; 53a-250

Electronic Communication Privacy Act, 28 U.S.C. §§ 2510 through 2520

 

Date Adopted:  November 17, 2015

Approved 11/17/2015
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