This policy provides guidance for all FVSH student officers and/or school leadership positions in the use of social media, which should be broadly understood for purposes of this policy to include blogs, wikis, microblogs, message boards, chat rooms, social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, text messaging, Whatsapp, etc. that permit users to share information with others over the Internet.
1. Students must adhere to all M-DCPS School Board Rules when posting online.
2. Students should be aware of the effect their actions/postings when using social media may have on their image, as well as the school’s.
3. Students must realize that after-school and after-hours online activity that violates the M-DCPS policies may be subject to disciplinary action.
4. Students must realize that any posts that are brought to the administration’s attention could result in disciplinary action if the post violates M-DCPS rules.
5. Students need to know that although not an exclusive list, some specific examples of prohibited social media conduct include posting commentary, content or images that are defamatory, pornographic, proprietary, violent, harassing, libelous, or can create a hostile school environment.
6. Students must use technology responsibly and also respect copyrights, trademarks, etc.
7. Students are to adhere to the Code of Student Conduct policies in their online postings.
8. Students are responsible for anything they post that can potentially affect another student or the school in a negative fashion.
9. Students should follow the policy “When in doubt, do not post.” They are to exercise sound judgement and common sense, and if there is any doubt, DO NOT post it.
10. Students must realize that the Internet is permanent. Once information is published online, it is essentially part of a permanent record, even if deleted or removed, it is still available for future view.
11. Students should protect themselves and be careful of any personal information they share online.
12. Students are to honor differences. There is to be no discrimination (including age, sex, race, color, creed, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability, or marital status) posted.
13. Student comments including, but not limited to the following, if deemed inappropriate may result in the student facing disciplinary action and the removal from the club/officer/captain status:
a. Abusive or hurtful comments
b. Foul language
c. Hate speech
d. Personal attacks
e. Defamatory statements
f. Violation of privacy of an individual
g. Comments that suggest or encourage illegal activity
h. Violent images or suggestions
i. Alcohol or tobacco
I, blanks have read and understand the above Social Media policy. As such, I will abide by the policy as long as I am a Felix Varela Senior High School student/officer/captain or hold any other leadership position in the school environment which makes me a role model and a representative of the school. I understand if I am found using social media in an inappropriate fashion, I could face disciplinary action and the removal from the club/team/officer status and participation in school-sponsored events and competitions.