District Social Media Guidelines
The School District of Altoona realizes that adapting to the changing methods of communication is part of 21st century learning. As such, it is important that teachers, students and parents engage, collaborate, learn and share in these digital environments as part of of 21st century learning.
To this aim, the Altoona School District has developed the following guideline to provide direction for instructional employees, and the school district community when participating in online social media activities. Whether or not an employee chooses to participate in a blog, wiki, online social network or any other form of online publishing or discussion is his or her own decision. Free speech protects educators who want to participate in social media, but the laws and courts have ruled that schools can discipline teachers if their speech, including online postings, disrupt school operations.
The School District of Altoona social media guidelines encourage employees to participate in online social activities. But in doing so, it is important to create an atmosphere of trust and individual accountability, keeping in mind that information produced by Altoona School District teachers is a reflection on the entire district and is subject to the district's Acceptable Use Policy. By accessing, creating or contributing to any blogs, wikis, or other social media for classroom or district use, you agree to abide by these guidelines. Please read them carefully before posting or commenting on any blog or creating any classroom blog, wiki and/or podcast.
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