Morgan County Schools
Bylaws & Policies
 

7540.02 - COUNTY WEB PAGE

The Board of Education authorizes staff members and students to create web pages/sites that will be hosted on the Board's servers and/or contracted under web hosted server(s) and published on the Internet. Web pages/sites must reflect the professional image of the County, its employees, and students. The content of all pages must be consistent with the Board's Mission Statement and staff-created web pages/sites are subject to prior review and approval of the Superintendent. Student-created web pages/sites are subject to Policy 5722 – School Sponsored Student Publications and Productions. The creation of web pages/sites by students must be done under the supervision of a professional staff member.

The purpose of web pages/ sites hosted on the Board's servers and/or contracted under web hosted server(s) is to educate, inform, and communicate. The following criteria should be used to guide the development of such web/pages sites:

 A.Educate
  Content provided in the website should be suitable for and usable by students and teachers to support the curriculum and the Board's Objectives as listed in the Board's Strategic Plan.

 B.Inform
  Content may inform the community about the school, teachers, students, or departments, including information about curriculum, events, class projects, student activities, and departmental policies.

 C.Communicate
  Content may communicate information about the plans, policies and operations of the County to members of the public and other persons who may be affected by County matters.

The information contained on the Board's web site should reflect and support the Board's Mission Statement, Educational Philosophy, and the School Improvement Process.

When the content includes a photograph or information relating to a student, or student work, the Board will abide by the provisions of State Board of Education Policy 4350 -Procedures for the Collection, Maintenance and Disclosure of Student Data and Board Policy 8330 – Student Records.

All links included on the web pages must also meet the above criteria and comply with State and Federal law (e.g. copyright laws, Children's Internet Protection Act).

Under no circumstances is a website to be used for commercial purposes, advertising, political lobbying or to provide financial gains for any individual. Included in this prohibition is the fact no web pages contained on the County’s website may: (1) include statements or other items that support or oppose a candidate for public office, the investigation, prosecution or recall of a public official, or passage of a tax levy or bond issue; (2) link to a website of another organization if the other website includes such a message; or (3) communicate information that supports or opposes any labor organization or any action by, on behalf of, or against any labor organization.

Under no circumstances is a staff member-created web page/site, including personal web pages/sites, to be used to post student progress reports, grades, class assignments, or any other similar class-related material. The Board maintains its own web site (e.g., Edline) that employees are required to use for the purpose of conveying information to students and/or parents.

Staff members are prohibited from requiring students to go to the staff member's personal web pages/sites (including, but not limited to, their Facebook or MySpace pages) to check grades, obtain class assignments and/or class-related materials, and/or to turn in assignments.

If a staff member creates a web page/site related to his/her class, it must be hosted on the Board's server and/or contracted under web hosted server(s).

Unless the web page/site contains student personally identifiable information, Board web sites that are created by students and/or staff members that are posted on the Internet should not be password protected or otherwise contain restricted access features, whereby only employees, student(s), or other limited groups of people can access the site. Community members, parents, employees, staff, students, and other web site users will generally be given full access to the sites created pursuant to this policy.

Pages should reflect an understanding that both internal and external audiences will be viewing the information.

School websites must be located on Board-affiliated servers or contracted under web hosted server(s).

The Superintendent shall prepare administrative guidelines defining the rules and standards applicable to the use of the Board's web site and the creation of web pages/sites by staff and students.

The Board retains all proprietary rights related to the design of websites and/or pages that are hosted on the Board's servers, absent written agreement to the contrary.

Students who want their class work to be displayed on the Board's website must have written parent permission and expressly license its display without cost to the Board.

Prior written parental permission is necessary for a student to be identified by name on the Board's website.

WV State Board of Education Policy 2460
WV Code St. R. 126-41-1
WV State Board of Education Policy 4350
WV Code St. R. 126-94-1 (Procedures for the Collection, Maintenance and
Disclosure of School Data)

Revised 6/1/10