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Los Angeles COE |  BP  1114  Community Relations

LACOE-Approved Social Media   

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The County Board recognizes the value of technology such as social media platforms in promoting community involvement and collaboration. The purpose of any LACOE-approved social media platform shall be to further LACOE's vision and mission, helping to promote and deliver its many programs and services in support of county school districts, and enhance communication with districts and schools, teachers and students, parents/guardians, staff, and community members.

(cf. 0000 - Vision)

(cf. 0440 - District Technology Plan)

(cf. 1100 - Communication with the Public)

(cf. 1112 - Media Relations)

(cf. 1113 - District and School Web Sites)

(cf. 6020 - Parent Involvement)

(cf. 6145.5 - Student Organizations and Equal Access)

The County Superintendent or designee shall develop content guidelines and protocols for any LACOE-approved social media platforms to ensure the appropriate and responsible use of these resources and compliance with law, Board policy, and regulation.

Guidelines for Content

LACOE-approved social media platforms shall be used only for their stated purposes and in a manner consistent with this policy and administrative regulation. By creating these official sites and allowing for public comment, the County Board does not intend to create a limited public forum or otherwise create a space or forum for free expression activity.

(cf. 5145.2 - Freedom of Speech/Expression)

(cf. 6145.5 - Student Organizations and Equal Access)

The County Superintendent or designee will ensure that the limited purpose of any LACOE-approved social media platforms is clearly communicated to users. Each site shall contain a statement that specifies the site's purposes along with a statement that users are expected to use the site only for those purposes. Each site shall also contain a statement that users are personally responsible for the content of their posts.

LACOE-approved social media platforms may not contain content that is obscene or libelous or in violation of copyright or other applicable laws.

(cf. 5131 - Conduct)

(cf. 4040 - Employee Use of Technology)

(cf. 4118 - Suspension/Disciplinary Action)

(cf. 4119.21/4219.21/4319.21 - Professional Standards)

(cf. 4218 - Dismissal/Suspension/Disciplinary Action)

(cf. 5144 - Discipline)

(cf. 5144.1 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process)

(cf. 6163.4 - Student Use of Technology)

Users of LACOE-approved social media platforms should be aware of the public nature and accessibility of social media and that information posted may be considered a public record subject to disclosure under the Public Records Act. The County Board expects users to conduct themselves in a respectful, courteous, and professional manner.

(cf. 1340 - Access to District Records)

(cf. 9012 - Board Member Electronic Communications)

Privacy

Board policy pertaining to the posting of student photographs and the privacy of telephone numbers, home addresses, and email addresses, as specified in BP 1113 - LACOE and School Web Sites, shall also apply to any LACOE-approved social media platforms.

(cf. 5125.1 - Release of Directory Information)

Social media and networking sites and other online platforms shall not be used by LACOE employees to transmit confidential information about students, employees, or LACOE or school district operations.

(cf. 4119.23/4219.23/4319.23 - Unapproved Release of Confidential/Privileged Information)

(cf. 5022 - Student and Family Privacy Rights)

(cf. 5125 - Student Records)

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

32261 School safety, definitions of bullying and electronic act

35182.5 Contracts for advertising

48900 Grounds for suspension and expulsion

48907 Exercise of free expression; rules and regulations

48950 Speech and other communication

49061 Definitions, directory information

49073 Release of directory information

60048 Commercial brand names, contracts or logos

GOVERNMENT CODE

3307.5 Publishing identity of public safety officers

6250-6270 Public Records Act, especially:

6254.21 Publishing addresses and phone numbers of officials

6254.24 Definition of public safety official

54952.2 Brown Act, definition of meeting

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 17

101-1101 Federal copyright law

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20

1232g Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 29

157 Employee rights to engage in concerted, protected activity

794 Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; accessibility to federal web sites

CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, TITLE 34

99.1-99.67 Family Educational Rights and Privacy

COURT DECISIONS

Page v. Lexington County School District, (2008, 4th Cir.) 531 F.3d 275

Downs v. Los Angeles Unified School District, (2000) 228 F.3d 1003

Aaris v. Las Virgenes Unified School District, (1998) 64 Cal.App.4th 1112

Perry Education Association v. Perry Local Educators' Association, (1983) 460 U.S. 37

Board of Education, Island Trees Union Free School District, et.al. v. Pico, (1982) 457 U.S. 853

NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD DECISIONS

18-CA-19081 Sears Holdings, December 4, 2009

Management Resources:

FACEBOOK PUBLICATIONS

Facebook for Educators Guide, 2011

WEB SITES

CSBA: http://www.csba.org

California School Public Relations Association: http://www.calspra.org

Facebook in Education: http://www.facebook.com/education

Facebook for Educators: http://facebookforeducators.org

Facebook, privacy resources: http://www.facebook.com/fbprivacy

Policy LOS ANGELES COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION

adopted: December 6, 2011 Downey, California

revised: September 9, 2020