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Jul 8, 2014 4:39 PM by Leah Kraus

Security-Widefield staff members can no longer interact with students on social media

A new change is in the works for staff members at Security-Widefield. They are no longer able to communicate with students on social media sites.

The change was implemented in June and made to better protect staff members and students in an online environment according to the district.

They say there wasn't a specific incident that led to the change.

"This is something that a lot of school districts in our area have done," says Samantha Briggs, Director of Communication at Security-Widefield. "It's something we wanted to do as well. There was no incident, we just wanted to make the revision."

To be clear, teachers and staff members can have personal Facebook or Twitter accounts, they just can't interact with students through them. The district does have a forum called "School Fusion" where teachers can interact with students in a monitored setting.

Penalties for not following the rule would fall in line with other policy violations which would include an internal investigation.

Lt. Ron Reeves, with the Fountain Police Department believes it's a good change.

"There are going to be some people unfortunately that will violate the policy -- not specifically at this school district, however, people do violate policies."

News 5 looked into other school district's social media policies, as well. Both Harrison (D-2) and Falcon (D-49) have similar policies. As for Colorado Springs (D-11) they say that interactions between teachers and students must only occur within the context of educational use. They also strongly discourage staff members from friending students.

 

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