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Series 4000 - Personnel -Certified & Non-Certified

4218.51 - 2. Non-Certified Personnel - A. Permanent Personnel - (8) Rights, Responsibilities and Duties - (c) Duties - (iv) Social Networking
Posted 01/01/2011 09:00AM


Series 4000 – Personnel – Certified & Non-Certified

2.  Non-Certified Personnel

A.  Permanent Personnel

(8)  Rights, Responsibilities and Duties

(c) Duties

(iv) Social Networking

The Board of Education recognizes the importance of social media for its employees, and acknowledges that its employees have the right under the First Amendment, in certain circumstances, to speak out on matters of public concern. However, the Superintendent/or his/her designee will regulate the use of social media by employees, including employees’ personal use of social media, when such use:

  •  interferes with or disturbs the work of the school district,
  •  is used to harass coworkers or other members of the school community,
  • creates a hostile work environment,
  • breaches confidentiality obligations of school district employees,
  • harms the goodwill and reputation of the school district in the community,
  • or violates the law, board policies and/or other school rules and regulations.

The Superintendent with the administration will create and maintain administrative regulations to implement this policy.

Disciplinary Consequences
Violation of the Board’s policy concerning the use of social media or these administrative guidelines may lead to discipline up to and including the termination of employment consistent with state and federal law.

Legal Reference:

U.S. Constitution, Amend. 1
Conn. Constitution, Article I, sections 3, 4, 14
Conn. Gen. Stat. § 31-48d
Conn. Gen. Stat § 31-51q
Conn. Gen. Stat § 53a-182; 53a-183; 53a-250
Electronic Communication Privacy Act, 28 U.S.C. §§ 2510 through 2520


Policy adopted: May 17, 2011 SUFFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS
    Suffield, Connecticut

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