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Board Policies

Updated

Adoption Date: 06/13/2023

Revision History: 10/24/23 (reviewed)

All board members enjoy rights to freedom of speech under both the U.S. and Iowa Constitutions.  As such, the district will not limit protected speech of any board members. Certain categories of speech are not protected and may be subject to regulation.  Additionally, board members should be aware that protected speech can still subject individuals to legal liability.  If using social media to discuss district related matters, board members should be aware that they may be prohibited from blocking individual communications and posters based upon the content of their posts.

The board as a whole and individual board members in their governance role have legal obligations to safeguard the privacy of information related to student and employee matters. Board members will refrain from posting or communicating on social media in a way that violates the district’s obligation to protect the privacy of its students and employees.

Board members are uniquely positioned in the school community to be both accessible and responsive to community concerns about the effective governance of the district.  As a result, the board will remember their obligations to safeguard student and employee privacy when responding to any social media posts or communications, even if the response is intended to correct information for the rest of the school community.  Board members will direct concerned individuals to the appropriate district staff to address their inquiry or complaint in accordance with board policy.  

Policy References:

Legal Reference:

 U.S. Const. Amend. I                                                  
 Iowa Const. Art. I, sec. 7                                                 
 20 U.S.C. 1417(c)                                                  
34 C.F.R. 99.3                                                  
Iowa Code §§ 21; 22

Cross Reference:

200.3    Responsibilities of the Board of Directors
902.1    News Media Relations

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