7540.02 - District Web Page

  • 7540.02 - DISTRICT WEB PAGEThe School Board authorizes the creation of websites by employees and students of the School District to be published on the World Wide Web. These websites 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 is subject to prior approval of the Superintendent. The creation of websites by students must be done under the supervision of an instructional staff member.

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

    1. Educate

      Content provided in the website should be suitable for and usable by students and staff members to support the curriculum and the Board's objectives as listed in the Board's strategic plan.

    2. 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.

    3. 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 website 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).

    Under no circumstances is a website to be used for commercial purposes, advertising, lobbying for candidates for public office, or to provide financial gains for any individual. Included in this prohibition is the fact no web pages contained on the District's website may: (1) include statements or other items that support or oppose a candidate for public office, the investigation, prosecution or recall of a public official, or passage of a tax levy or bond issue; (2) link to a website of another organization if the other website includes such a message; or (3) communicate information that supports or opposes any labor organization or any action by, on behalf of, or against any labor organizations. In addition, before any statement that supports a tax referendum proposed by the District is posted on the District website, or on any web pages linked to the District website, 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.

    School websites must be located on Board-affiliated servers.

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

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

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

    Prior written parental permission is necessary for a student to be identified by name on the Board's website.

    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)