Schools Change Facebook Policies

Borger ISD Superintendent Chance Welch
Borger ISD Superintendent Chance Welch

Kristen Guilfoos
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - Major changes are coming to the way students and teachers can communicate online.

Facebook now has more than 500 million active users... And its growing by the day, which is why Borger ISD administrators say it's time to address the issues that go along with the social media site. The district is currently in the process of adding a social media clause to their teacher code of conduct.

Superintendent Chance Welch says, "Employees may communicate using electronic media with students about matters within the scope of the employees . Responsibilities. For instance, a classroom teacher can communicate about a classroom assignment, homework or a test."

If caught, punishments can range from a verbal reprimand to termination. The policy focuses on Facbeook, but also applies to texting, e-mailing, chat rooms, you-tube and blogging.

These new standards are in response to statewide problems, where in some cases, teachers did not act inappropriately in person, but Facebook messages they sent students indicated they were grooming the student for a future sexual relationships.

Social media standards like these are popping up all over the Panhandle... Amarillo recently put a similar policy in place... Same with Canyon and Panhandle ISDs.