Tenn. BOE mulls limiting texts, emails between students, teachers

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

During Thursday’s workshop, the BOE was presented with a revised “Student Relations” policy which addresses communications including texting, email, phone, social media and written communications.

The original policy already requires staff members to use “good judgment in their relationship with students beyond their work responsibilities and/or outside the school setting” and to avoid “excessive informal and social involvement with individual students.”

New language added to that policy states, “Communications (texts, email, phone, social media, written, etc.) between students and staff members outside the school setting shall be restricted to instructional or school-related activities only.”

This past March a teacher was accused of sending Facebook messages of a sexually suggestive nature to a 17-year-old female student. Some of those messages allegedly were sent after 1 a.m. and were allegedly read by the girl’s mother and a Hawkins County sheriff’s deputy before being deleted.

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