The School Board of Polk County
Bylaws & Policies
Unless a specific policy has been amended and the date the policy was revised is noted at the bottom of that policy, the bylaws and policies of The School Board of Polk County were adopted on November 12, 2013 and were in effect beginning November 12, 2013.


This policy applies to all District-associated web content created and hosted by the District or maintained by authorized individuals, including staff members, approved volunteers, and students. The web pages/sites should reflect the professional image of the District, its employees, and students, comply with State and Federal law, and are subject to prior review and approval of the Superintendent. Student-created web content is subject to Policy 5722 ("School-Sponsored Student Publications and Productions"). The creation of web content by students must be done under the supervision of a professional staff member.

The following criteria shall be used to guide the development of such web content:

  Content should be suitable for and usable by students and staff to support the curriculum.

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

The information contained on the District'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, a student's work to be displayed or for a student to be identified by name, the Board will abide by the provisions of Policy 8330 - Student Records.

Under no circumstances is a web site to be used for commercial purposes, advertising, lobbying for candidates for public office, or to provide financial gains for any individual. Except for instructional purposes, no web sites/pages should: (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 organizations. In addition, before any statement that supports a tax referendum proposed by the District is posted on the District website, or on any web pages linked to the District web site, the Board shall adopt a resolution at a public meeting declaring that such statement serves a public purpose. Nothing in this paragraph shall prevent the Board from linking on the District's web site to recognized news/media outlets (e.g., local newspapers' web sites, local television stations' web sites).

Under no circumstances is a staff member's personal web content to include identifiable student information. The Board maintains its own tools that employees are required to use for the purpose of conveying identifiable student 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) for any reason.

All school-associated web content created and hosted by the District or maintained by authorized individuals shall be available for modification or removal at any time.

The Superintendent shall prepare procedures defining the rules and standards applicable to the use of the District's web site and the creation of web content by staff and students.

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

F.S. 104.31(1)(a), 110.233(2), 110.233(4), 112.313(6), 1001.32(2), 1001.42
H.R. 4577
P.L. 106-554, Children's Internet Protection Act of 2000
People Against Tax Revenue Mismanagement v. County of Leon, 583 So. 2d
1373 (Fla. 1991); Commission on Ethics: In Re: Patty Lynch, Case No.
2068EC (1994)

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