School District Proposes Social Media Policy for Teachers


After the English Teacher at a Philadelphia high school was suspended for things she said about her students on her blog, it made schools take a closer look at their policies and propose a social media policy.

The teacher has since won her court case and is allowed to teach again, but the whole situation definitely taught the schools that they need a more detailed policy for teachers to follow.

Tuesday night, the Central Bucks school board in Pennsylvania proposed a new social media policy.

It bans teachers from posting anything online that is “disruptive to the educational process”, as well as “provocative” statements or photographs. It also prohibits “online activities that would jeopardize the professional nature of the staff-student relationship.”

Some other interesting ideas proposed were not allowing teachers to call or text students, or emailing them from a personal account.

Over the next few weeks and months, the school board will ask for input from teachers, students and parents before anything is passed.

What are your thoughts on this new detailed policy? Does your child’s school have one that you know of?

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Comments

  1. Dotchi Latham says:

    It seems that this would violate their first amendment rights to freedom of speech.

  2. Tony Anscombe, AVG says:

    Thank you for this, Julie. I
    mentioned it in my latest post on Implementing a Social Media Policy at
    Your Child’s School: http://bit.ly/qeIWrl