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
- Protect confidential and proprietary information: Do not post confidential or proprietary information about Waterloo Schools, employees, or students. Adhere to all applicable district confidentiality policies. Employees who share confidential information do so at the risk of disciplinary action or termination.
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.
- Think twice before posting: Privacy does not exist in the world of social media. Consider what could happen if a post becomes widely known and how that may reflect both on the poster and the district. Search engines can turn up posts years after they are created, and comments can be forwarded or copied. If you wouldn’t say it in a private meeting or to a member of the media, consider whether you should post it online. If you are unsure about posting something or responding to a comment, ask your supervisor for input.
- Staff members are encouraged to use District-provided accounts to create a classroom presence or site for legitimate educational purposes (separate from personal sites).
a. District staff can use social media outlets for educational purposes as long as they use a separate account for personal use.
- This document that outlines what is acceptable to remove from social media sites and how to keep respectful dialogue.
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.