RANDOLPH, NJ- The Board of Education adopted two new policies last week that outline proper guidelines for electronic and social media interactions between staff members and students.
The new policies – one that addresses teaching staff members, the other that addresses support staff members – establish a new protocol for social media and how and when teachers and students should appropriately communicate electronically.
The policies, 3283 and 4283, establish that staff members are not allowed to be “friends” on facebook with current students, nor should they follow current students on other social media platforms, like twitter or Instagram.
The policies, required for all school districts via N.J.S.A. 18A:36-40, frame what constitutes inappropriate interaction.
The policies further state that all communications between staff members and students should be done via the staff members’ “@rtnj.org” email address via the district’s email system. Staff members should not use their personal email addresses when corresponding with current students.
Staff members may communicate with students via cellular devices as long as the action is approved by the principal or a designee. The communication must be of a school-related nature, however.