Oakridge Public Schools
Bylaws & Policies


The Board of Education authorizes the creation of websites by employees and students of the School District to be published on the World Wide Web. The creation of websites by students must be done under the supervision of a professional staff member. These websites must reflect the professional image of the District, its employees, and students. The content of all pages must be consistent with the Board's Mission Statement and is subject to prior approval of the Superintendent or designee.

The purpose of such websites is to educate, inform, and communicate. The following criteria should be used to guide the development of such websites:





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.





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





Content may provide an avenue to communicate with the community.

The information contained on the website 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, the Board will abide by the provisions of Policy 8330 - Student Records.

All links included on the pages must also meet the above criteria and comply with State and Federal law (e.g. copyright laws, Children's Internet Protection Act, ADA, Childrenís Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)). Nothing in this paragraph shall prevent the District from linking the Boardís web site to (1) recognized news/media outlets (e.g., local newspapers' web sites, local television stations' web sites) or (2) to web sites that are developed and hosted by outside commercial vendors pursuant to a contract with the Board. The Board recognizes that such third party web sites may contain age appropriate advertisements that are consistent with the requirements of Policy 9700.01, AG 9700B, and State and Federal law.

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 Districtís web site 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 web site of another organization if the other web site 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 or grades.

The Board maintains its own web site (e.g. Student Information System and www.oakridgeschools.org) that employees 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 social media site or personal blog) to check grades, obtain class assignments and/or class-related materials, and/or to turn in assignments.

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.

The Superintendent shall prepare administrative guidelines defining the standards permissible for web-site use.

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.

Revised 2/6/13
Revised 5/6/15

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