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Plymouth Public Schools Social Media Terms of Use

Plymouth Public Schools Social Media Terms of Use

We welcome you to the Plymouth Public Schools Facebook site, but please note this is a moderated site and NOT a public forum.

Plymouth Public Schools (PPS) believes that public dialogue and communication between the School District, and its employees, parents, students, and concerned community members is important and valuable. As social media is becoming an ever-increasing manner in which people communicate in society, PPS believes it is a worthwhile means to communicate with its stakeholders and concerned citizens. PPS also believes, however, that part of its responsibilities as a public school district is to encourage civil and respectful dialogue and discussion in teaching the importance of responsible citizenry. It is with this in mind that PPS has implemented these Terms of Use. These Terms of Use apply to all “PPS Social Media.” That term includes all District operated or District maintained social media sites or accounts. PPS Social Media includes, but is not limited to, the PPS official Facebook page or Twitter account, or similar accounts operated or maintained by the District or one of the District’s schools. This does not include other social media sites or accounts that may be somehow associated with PPS but are not specifically created or authorized by PPS or one of its schools (i.e., a booster club or organization that is not officially operated by PPS). By continuing to use PPS Social Media you are agreeing to the terms stated herein. Those who violate these Terms of Use will be subject to the response deemed appropriate by PPS including, but not limited to, having posts deleted or being blocked from the relevant PPS Social Media site. PPS employees that violate these Terms of Use may be subject to discipline in their capacity as an employee if appropriate. PPS students that violate these Terms of Use may be subject to discipline in their capacity as a student if appropriate. Additionally, PPS will report to local law enforcement any threats (as described in these Terms of Use) or other potentially illegal speech or conduct posted on or through PPS Social Media. As part of these Terms of Use, users of PPS Social Media agree to not engage in or post the following on PPS Social Media sites: 1) Speech, conduct, or material that conveys an profane, sexually suggestive, or objectively offensive message; 2) Speech, conduct, or material that is meant to, or the average person would reasonably believe is meant to, harass or intimidate a person because of that person’s race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or other classification protected under Connecticut or federal law; 3) Speech, conduct, or material that attacks or impugns the personal character or integrity of any PPS student, parent, employee, officer, agent, volunteer, or individual contracted to work in a school building(s); 4) Speech, conduct, or material that amounts to a threat against the health, safety, or welfare of any PPS facility, student, parent, employee, officer, agent, volunteer, or individual contracted to work in an PPS school buildings; and 5) Speech, conduct, or material that discloses confidential student information – this would include the posting of student school work without the permission of the student or their parent(s); Determination of a violation of these Terms of Use will be at the sole discretion of PPS. By using or participating in any form of PPS Social Media, the user agrees to accept and abide by these Terms of Use and accepts PPS as the sole decision-maker relating to its decision on violations of these Terms of Use.

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