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New Social Media Public Commenting Policy
New Social Media Public Commenting Policy
Amy Aldrich
Monday, January 13, 2020

SOCIAL MEDIA PUBLIC COMMENTING POLICY

Morris School District #54 welcomes comments/posts on its social media pages. To keep our social media focus on celebrating and supporting our school, students, and teachers/staff, as well as sharing District initiatives, emergency information, and accomplishments, comment/posting guidelines have been created.

Morris School District #54 encourages user interaction on its social media but is not responsible for comments/posts made by third parties. Additionally, comments/posts by third parties do not constitute endorsement by Morris School District #54. Anyone that repeatedly violates this policy may be removed/blocked from the District’s social media pages. The District moderates its social media pages and all comments/posts are reviewed by the District.

By posting a comment or other material to the District’s social media pages, users give Morris School District #54 the irrevocable right and license to use such comment/post for any purpose in any form and on any media, including but not limited to: displaying, modifying, reproducing, distributing, creating other works from, and publishing your submission without license, permission or authorization from the user.

To ensure conversations remain informative, respectful of diverse viewpoints and lawful, comments failing to adhere to the general guidelines below will be deleted/removed:

-Comments unrelated to the District’s social media pages, including but not limited to spam, links to third party websites, political lobbying, campaigning or advertising.

-Disrespectful, slanderous, defamatory, malicious, threatening, profane, obscene, tasteless or pornographic comments/posts. 

-Personal attacks or disrespect towards District board members, employees, parents, students or other community members. If a community member disagrees with a post, the District encourages the community member to contact the District. 

-Comments that violate the law or legal rights of any person or encourage others to do so. 

-Comments that violate or promote the violation of Board policy or school rules. 

-Confidential information of students, faculty, or other community members, including but not limited to phone numbers, email addresses or mailing addresses. Users that post their own contact information should be aware that the information is, and will remain, public and may be subject to misuse.  

Users agree to indemnify and hold harmless Morris School District #54, its affiliates, board members, employees, successors and assigns against any damages, losses, liabilities, judgments, causes of action, costs or expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs) arising out of any claim by a third party relating to any material users have posted on District social media pages.