St. Johns Public Schools
Bylaws & Policies


The Board of Education is committed to the effective use of technology to both enhance the quality of student learning and the efficiency of District operations.

Students’ use of District’ Technology Resources (see definitions in Bylaw 0100) is a privilege, not a right. Students and their parents must sign and submit a Student Technology Acceptable Use and Safety form. (See also, Policy 7540.03)

This policy, along with the Student and Staff Technology Acceptable Use and Safety policies, and the Student Code of Conduct, further govern students’ and staff members’ use of their personal communication devices (see Policy 5136 and Policy 7530.02). Users have no right or expectation of privacy when using District technology resources (including, but not limited to, privacy in the content of their personal files, e-mails and records of their online activity when using the District’s computer network and/or Internet connection).

Further safeguards shall be established so that the Board's investment in both hardware and software achieves the benefits of technology and inhibits negative side effects. Accordingly, students shall be educated about appropriate online behavior including, but not limited to, using social media, which is defined in Bylaw 0100, to interact with others online; interacting with other individuals in chat rooms or on blogs; and, recognizing what constitutes cyberbullying, understanding cyberbullying is a violation of Board policy, and learning appropriate responses if they experience cyberbullying.

The Board strongly discourages students from using District Technology Resources to access and/or use social media.

Staff may use District-approved social media platforms/sites in accordance with Policy 7544 and, pursuant to Policy 7540.02, may use web content, apps, and services for communication with the District's constituents. Authorized staff may use District Technology Resources to access and use District-approved social media platforms/sites to increase awareness of District programs and activities, as well as to promote achievements of staff and students, provided the Superintendent approves, in advance, such access and use. Use of District-approved social media platforms/sites for business-related purposes is subject to Michigan's public records laws and, as set forth in Policy 7544, staff members are responsible for archiving their social media and complying with the District's record retention schedule. See Policy 8310 - Public Records and AG 8310A – Public Records.

Staff must comply with Policy 7544, Policy 7540.04 and Policy 7530.02 when using District Technology Resources to access and/or use social media for personal purposes.

Revised 2/25/02
Revised 2/13/12
Revised 1/23/17
Revised 6/11/18

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