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Area school districts' policies regarding faculty social media usage

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TRI-CITIES, WA - In the aftermath of the Prosser School District social media posting incidents, reporter Rex Carlin decided to look into other area school districts to see what their policies are in regards to faculty social media usage.

The Prosser School District Policy Handbook has a section regarding social media, stating the same principles applied to in-person communication should be applied to online communication, such as privacy, decorum, and professionalism...and the line between personal life and professional life must be clear at all times.

Richland School District's policy states that employees are expected to conduct themselves off work in a manner that does not bring reproach to the district, violate district policies, or impair their ability to perform as district employees.

The Yakima School District has a thorough section in its employee handbook, but the last line is all-encompassing: all applicable district procedures, regulations, and laws that cover employee conduct may be applicable in the social media environment.

Pasco School District may have the most direct social media policy for its employees, stating that employees do have personal communication rights, but acknowledging that anything a teacher or staff members does - in private or public - could have an educational impact on the school district.

A Kennewick School District spokesperson told Rex Carlin they don't have any specific policies regarding social media usage, but that all other policies regarding employee behavior do apply to social media situations. 

West Valley School District also doesn't have any school board policies related to social media.