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Plymouth Public Schools Social Media Terms of Use

Plymouth Public Schools Social Media Terms of Use

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. All users of PPS Media Sites are expected to communicate in a respectful, courteous and professional manner. 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 sites 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 promptly 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 Sites 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; 
5) Speech, conduct or material that is obscene, libelous, or so incite students as to create a clear and present danger of the commission of unlawful acts on school premises, violation of school rules, or substantial disruption of the school’s orderly operation.
6) 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)

All users of PPS Media Sites further understand that:

  • All users are personally responsible for the content of their posts and PPS is not responsible for the content of external online platforms.
  • The views and comments expressed on the site are those of the users and do not necessarily reflect the views of PPS.
  • Any reference, including any links, to a specific commercial product, service or website does not imply endorsement or recommendation of that product or service by PPS.
  • All users are encouraged to regularly check their own, and their children's, social media platform security and privacy settings on a regular basis. 

All PPS social media sites are monitored on a regular basis. 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. 

​Questions, or concerns, regarding violations in the use of any PPS Social Media Sites can be directed to the Superintendent's Office by calling 860-314-8005.

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