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7540.02 - District Web Page

The Board authorizes the creation of web sites by employees and students of the District to be published on the World Wide Web. The creation of web sites by students must be done under the supervision of an instructional staff member. These web sites must reflect the professional image of the District, its employees, and students. The content of all pages must be consistent with the Board's mission statement and compliant with District web standards as authorized by the Superintendent.

The purpose of such web sites is to educate, inform, and communicate. The following criteria should be used to guide the development of such web sites:

  A. Educate
    Content provided in the web site should be suitable for and usable by students and teachers to support the curriculum and the Board's objectives as listed in the Board's strategic plan.

 

  B. Inform
    Content may inform the community about the school, teachers, students, or departments, including information about curriculum, events, class projects, student activities, and departmental policies.

 

  C. Communicate
    Content may communicate information about the plans, policies, and operations of the District to members of the public and other persons who may be affected by District matters.

 

The information contained on the web site should reflect and support the Board's mission statement, educational philosophy, and the school improvement process.

When the content includes a photograph or information relating to a student, the Board will abide by the provisions of Policy 8330 - Student Records.

All links included on the pages must also meet the above criteria and comply with State and Federal law (e.g. copyright laws, Children's Internet Protection Act).

Except as provided below, a District web site or a school or teacher web site shall not be used for commercial purposes, advertising, supporting or opposing candidates for public office, supporting or opposing an issue before the electorate, or generating financial gains for any individual. Before any statement that supports or opposes an issue before the electorate is posted on the District website, or a school or teacher web site, the Board shall adopt a resolution at a public meeting declaring that such statement serves a public purpose.

Pages should reflect an understanding that both internal and external audiences will be viewing the information.

For the purpose of this policy, a School District web site is defined as any group of electronic web pages grouped under a common Uniform Resource Locator (URL) or web site address such as "www.sdhc.k12.fl.us." Web pages are defined as electronic documents accessed within a web site.

All District-sponsored content which includes, but is not limited to the District's web sites and school and teacher web sites, published and available through the District's wide area network or through the internet must adhere to all Board policies and procedures, be consistent with the Board's mission, vision, and goals and be hosted on a District-affiliated server.

Requests to initiate a web site are made to the District's Communications Office and must identify a designated person who is responsible for the content and management of the site. If approval is granted, the web site shall be maintained so that all web site information is accurate and up-to-date.

The Superintendent shall prepare procedures defining the standards permissible for website use.

Absent written agreement to the contrary, the Board retains all proprietary rights related to the design of web sites and/or pages that are hosted on the Board's servers.

Students who want their class work to be displayed on the Board's web site must have written parent permission and must expressly license its display without cost to the Board.

Protecting the privacy of students is a high priority of the District. Prior written permission from a parent or legal guardian must be on file before any photograph in which a student is identifiable is used on a District web site. The Superintendent is directed to develop procedures for the use of other student information on District, school, and teacher web sites.

F.S. 104.31(1)(a), 110.233(2), 110.233(4), 112.313(6), 1001.32(2), 1001.42
H.R. 4577
P.L. 106-554, Children's Internet Protection Act of 2000
People Against Tax Revenue Mismanagement v. County of Leon, 583 So. 2d
1373 (Fla. 1991); Commission on Ethics:  In Re:  Patty Lynch, Case No.
2068EC (1994)

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