Grosse Ile Township Schools
Bylaws & Policies
 

7545 - ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS

The advancement of technology has provided many new ways for individuals to communicate with one another. These electronic communications include social networking sites, instant messaging, text messaging, e-mailing and photo-sharing, among others. Additional methods of electronic communication can be anticipated as the technology continues to evolve.

However, use of such technology must be approached with caution by School District employees. Given the nature of the communications, there is a significant potential both for inappropriate use and for alleged inappropriate use. To protect staff and students, the following restrictions are established:

 A.Electronic communications with students should be appropriate in tone, content, and quantity. Stalking, harassment, or other unwelcome behaviors are prohibited, including any type of sexually suggestive comments, photos, or graphics.

 B.Electronic communications with other employees should be appropriate in tone, content, and quantity. Stalking, harassment, or other unwelcome behaviors are prohibited.

 C.Electronic communications during work time shall only be allowed for work-related matters or personal emergencies. Work time is defined as all paid work time that is not a designated break or meal period.

The District may require the employee to produce records for review when there is reason to believe that this policy has been violated. Records within the District's control may be reviewed periodically to assure that this policy is being complied with. These may include Internet logs, cellphone records, or other similar documentation.

Questions regarding acceptable electronic communications or unwelcomed electronic communications from someone associated with the District should be submitted to Superintendent or designee.

Adopted 9/28/10