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IJND-R - Website Guidelines

A. Website Purpose 

The purpose of the Falmouth School’s official website is to provide information about our school system, course and class resources, school and district documents, news, announcements, and from time to time, to gather information from the community. This website is intended to support the educational mission of the schools, to enhance the curriculum and learning opportunities for students and staff, and to inform the larger community about our schools. 

B. Website Structure 

The website includes the following content areas: 

1. System-wide information (such as central office, curriculum, instruction, and assessment information, district data, technology, transportation, facilities, food service); 

2. School Board information (such as members, officers, committees, meeting agendas, minutes, policies and other public documents); 

3. School-wide information for each school; 

4. Content area, grade level and/or classroom information (which may include student work and/or teacher-created work and resources); 

5. Information about school and town-sponsored extracurricular programs; 

6. Information about school events and activities; and 

7. Contact information for School Board members and school staff. 

8. Information and documents for staff use. 

9. Surveys that inform the schools and district in their work. 

C. School Unit Authority and District Technology Director Responsibilities 

Falmouth Public Schools reserves the right to approve all website content and to edit, delete, or modify any web page content as it sees fit to comply with the intended purposes of the website and these guidelines. 

The Superintendent shall designate personnel, who are responsible for maintaining the website and monitoring all website activities for compliance with Board policies, applicable laws and regulations, and these guidelines. 

Staff members shall have password-protected access to their files and folders on the website. Students shall not have direct upload access to the web site without direct supervision of staff. 

D. Website Content 

1. All materials placed on the website must serve the educational mission of the school. 

2. Website content is limited to school-sponsored information and activities. No personal student or staff web pages, chat rooms or discussion groups are permitted on the website. All interactive use of the website and student pages must be as a result of district, school, or classroom work. 

3. Web page content must comply with Board policies, administrative procedures and school rules. 

4. All materials placed on the website must meet academic standards for proper spelling, grammar, content, accuracy and appearance. Student work should reflect developmentally appropriate standards. 

If the District Technology Director is unsure whether particular material is appropriate for the website, he/she shall consult with the Superintendent, whose decision shall be final. 

E. Confidentiality of Student Information 

1. The website shall be in compliance with all applicable state and federal confidentiality laws and regulations. 

2. At no time shall personal information about students (such as home address, telephone number, e-mail address, birth date, social security number, etc.) or any other information made confidential by state or federal law appear on the website. The website will not include any information that indicates the physical location of students at any given time, other than attendance at a particular school or participation in school activities. 

3. Student information, photographs or work may only be published on the website if the student’s parent/guardian has signed the Parent/Guardian Agreement Form to Publish Student Information. For purposes of these guidelines, student information includes name, class rosters, awards/honors received, and team/extracurricular activity participation lists. 

F. Confidentiality of Staff Information 

1. At no time shall personal information about staff appear on the website (including home address, home telephone number, home e-mail address, birth date, social security number, etc.). 

2. Because the school unit’s website is maintained in part to enhance communication with students and their families, the school e-mail addresses and/or telephone numbers of staff are published on the website. 

G. Copyright 

1. Appropriate permission will be obtained before any copyrighted or trademarked material is used on the website. No copyrighted material may be reproduced, transmitted or stored on Falmouth Public Schools’ website without obtaining permission from the copyright owner 

2. Students shall retain the copyright on materials that they create. 

3. An appropriate copyright notice will appear with all copyrighted material published on the website. 

4. Except for the above exceptions, all web pages and content on the website are the property of and owned by Falmouth Public Schools.

H. Website Design and Accessibility 

1. The District Technology Director is authorized to develop standards for the design and appearance of Falmouth Public Schools’ website. These standards will include measures to make web pages accessible to persons with disabilities. School unit information available on the website will also be made available to the public in alternative ways upon request. 

I. Advertising 

The Falmouth Public Schools website will not include any advertising, nor will it include any selling activities outside of publicity for school-sponsored and/or approved fundraising activities. 

J. Links to External Sites 

1. The Falmouth Public Schools website will not include links to any personal websites of students or staff. 

2. The website may include links only to websites that have demonstrated educational value to students, staff and/or the community, as deemed appropriate by the Superintendent, the District Technology Director, or principals. All external links must comply with School Board policy regarding confidentiality and all other matters. 

K. Additional Requirements 

1. The website shall inform users about how to contact the Webmaster. 

2. The Webmaster will provide appropriate information to school users regarding technical requirements and style guidelines for publishing material on the website. 

Cross Reference: 

IJND – Falmouth Public Schools Website 

IJND-R – Website Guidelines 

IJNDB – Student Computer and Internet Use 

IJNDB-R – Student Computer and Internet Use Rules 

Adopted: June 13, 2007

Updated: May 15, 2012