It is the policy of the Brockton Public Schools that all employees exhibit responsible behavior and adhere to appropriate professional standards in any use of social media. The Superintendent and the School Principals will annually remind staff members and orient new staff members concerning the importance of maintaining proper decorum in the online, digital world as well as in person. Employees must conduct themselves in ways that do not distract from or disrupt the educational process.
Responsible use of social media includes, but is not necessarily limited to, issues such as the following. Staff should avoid improper fraternization with students using social media or other electronic means:
It is inappropriate to engage in posting or commenting on items with sexual content, or which display the use of violence, misuse of medications, alcohol, or other substances. Moreover, use of the internet to conduct non-work-related tasks (e.g., personal business or social communication) during work time is prohibited.
The Superintendent (or appointed designee) reserves the right to monitor staff usage of the district network and computer equipment and to impose penalties for improper use of district technology. Penalties for failure to exercise good judgment in on-line conduct may include progressive consequences up to and including dismissal from employment.
APPROVED/UPDATED: May, 2018