Social media is a powerful tool and the District promotes all staff to utilize it to teach, communicate, and bring the real world to the classroom. But, you must maintain appropriate relationships between staff and students.
If you have parents who are friends with you on your Facebook page, please be aware that anything you say about a student is visible by ALL! We expect that confidential information about our students be kept that way.
1. Click here for a regulation on Staff Use of Social Media 418.0-R
Policy for all social media sites, including personal sites
2. Social media best practices
This section applies to those posting on behalf of Waterloo Schools, though the guidelines may be helpful for anyone posting on social media in any capacity.
a. District staff can use social media outlets for educational purposes as long as they use a separate account for personal use.
The following is also an excerpt from the Iowa Ethics Brochure:
25.3 (6) Standard VI. Unethical practice toward other members of the profession, parents, students, and the community. Violation of this standard includes:
h. Intentionally disclosing confidential information including, but not limited to, unauthorized sharing of information concerning student academic or disciplinary records, health and medical information, assessment or testing results, or family income.