5:125 Personal Technology and Social Media; Usage and Conduct

Usage and Conduct

All District employees who use personal technology and social media shall:

  1. Adhere to the high standards for appropriate school relationships in policy 5:120, Ethics and Conduct at all times, regardless of the ever-changing social media and personal technology platforms available. This includes* District employees posting images or private information about themselves or others in a manner readily accessible to students and other employees that is inappropriate as defined by policy 5:020, Workplace Harassment Prohibited; 5:120,Ethics and Conduct; 6:235, Access to Electronic Networks; 7:020, Harassment of Students Prohibited; and the Ill. Code of Educator Ethics, 23 Ill.Admin.Code §22.20.
  2. Choose a District-provided or supported method to communicate with students and their parents/guardians.
  3. Not interfere with or disrupt the educational or working environment, or the delivery of education or educational support services.
  4. Comply with policy 5:130, Responsibilities Concerning Internal Information. This means that personal technology and social media* may not be used to share, publish, or transmit information about or images of students and/or District employees without proper approval. For District employees, proper approval may include implied consent under the circumstances.
  5. Refrain from using the District’s logos without permission and follow Board policy 5:170, Copyright, and all District copyright compliance procedures.
  6. Assume all risks associated with the use of personal technology* and social media at school or school-sponsored activities, including students’ viewing of inappropriate Internet materials through the District employee’s personal technology or social media. The Board expressly disclaims any responsibility for imposing content filters, blocking lists, or monitoring of its employees’ personal technology and social media.
  7. Be subject to remedial and any other appropriate disciplinary action for violations of this policy ranging from prohibiting the employee from possessing or using any personal technology or social media at school to dismissal and/or indemnification of the District for any losses, costs, or damages, including reasonable attorney fees, incurred by the District relating to, or arising out of, any violation of this policy.

The Superintendent or designee shall:

Inform District employees about this policy as part of training on educator ethics, teacher-student conduct, and school employee-student conduct required by Board policy 5:120, Ethics and Conduct.

  1. Direct Building Principals to annually:
    • Provide their building staff with a copy of this policy.
    • Inform their building staff about the importance of maintaining high standards in their school relationships.
    • Remind their building staff about the consequences of violating this policy. Staff will be subject to remedial and any other appropriate disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.
  2. Build awareness of this policy with students, parents, and the community.
  3. Periodically review this policy and any procedures with District employee representatives, CIO and electronic network system administrator(s) and present proposed changes to the Board.


Includes – Means includes without limitation” or “includes, but is not limited to”.

Social Media – Media for social interaction, using highly accessible communication techniques through the use of web-based and mobile technologies to turn communication into interactive dialogue. This includes , but is not limited to, services such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube.

Personal Technology – Any device that is not owned or leased by the District or otherwise authorized for District use and: (1) transmits sounds, images, text, messages, videos, or electronic information, (2) electronically records, plays, or stores information, or (3) accesses the Internet, or private communication or information networks. This includes laptop computers (e.g. laptops, ultra books, and chromebooks), tablets (e.g Pads®, Kindle®, Microsoft Surface® and other Android® platform or Windows® services) smartphones (e.g., Blackberry®, Android®, platform phones, iPhone®, and Window Phone®) and other devices (e.g. iPods®).

Cross Reference: 

5:020 Workplace Harassment Prohibited

5:030 Hiring Process and Criteria

5:120 Ethics and Conduct

5:130 Responsibilities Concerning Internal Information

5:150 Personnel Records

5:170 Copyright

5:200 Terms and Conditions of Employment and Dismissal

6:235 Access to Electronic Networks

7:020 Harassment of Students Prohibited

7:340 Student Records

Legal Reference(s): 

105 ILCS 5/21B-75 and 5/21B-80.

Ill. Human Rights Act, 775 ILCS 5/5A-102.

Code of Ethics for Ill. Educators, 23 Ill.Admin.Code §22.20.

Garcetti v. Ceballos, 547 U.S. 410 (2006).

Pickering v. High School Dist. 205, 391 U.S. 563 (1968).

Mayer v. Monroe County Community School Corp., 474 F.3d 477 (7th Cir. 2007).

Date Adopted: 6/26/2012

Date Amended: 12/18/2012

Date Amended:  June 20, 2017