Dougherty County teachers better watch social media posts

Dougherty County teachers better watch social media posts

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Teachers better watch what they post online. The Dougherty County School System adopts a new social media policy for teachers to curb potentially harmful posts.

The system wants schools to have pages. The policy outlines what should be posted on these pages and personal pages.

The school district hopes more schools will start posting on Facebook—like Jackson Heights Elementary School is already doing.

"God forbid something happens at a school, we'd like to have the ability to get the word to parents that's something happened," said JD Sumner with the Dougherty County School System.

But as these pages began to came up, the district realized they had no control over the content on there, and no real policy existed on what to post there.

"So what we want to do is kind of bring all that together into a cohesive policy that provides a little guidance on how best to use the social media accounts," said Sumner.

For that reason, the district drafted the policy and the board passed it last night. It covers both these professional pages and any personal pages that faculty members have.

"They can have personal pages and Twitter accounts and Instagram accounts, those kind of things, but they're also representatives of the system," said Sumner.

Sumner said the system hasn't had problems with bad posts in the past.

"But at the same time, we don't have anything that says well how should they act? So it's not fair to them to hold them to a standard that doesn't exist. So this provides that standard," said Sumner.

So this policy now serves as an example and warning that discipline could come for inappropriate posts.

The system will have a leadership meeting Wednesday to discuss the policy with principals and select teachers. Those people will then take the policy to their schools.

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