Social Media Whenever you use social media, use good judgment. We request that you be respectful of DCSD, our employees, students, communities, partners, affiliates, and others. At Work Personal use of social media is never permitted on working time by means of DCSD’s computers, DCSD-issued mobile devices, networks, and other IT resources and communications systems. Use of personal mobile devices during work time should be kept to a minimum. Employees who utilize social media in their official duties—including blogs, wikis, and social networking sites – should refer to the Social Media Guidance developed by DCSD Community Relations. All postings on a blog, wiki, chat room, or social networking site on behalf of DCSD must be pre-approved and may only be sent by authorized employees. Outside of Work We encourage employees to be thoughtful about their activity online. Social media is a public forum and therefore even posts made on personal time may have professional consequences. Guidelines: • Posts concerning DCSD, employees of DCSD, and any other affiliates of DCSD must not violate any guidelines set forth in this guide, especially as it relates to discrimination, unlawful harassment, and illegal activities. • Avoid speech that is a matter of personal grievance and not a matter of public policy, particularly when expressed as a part of an employee’s official job duties or as a public employee.
• Avoid using statements, photographs, video or audio that reasonably could be viewed as malicious, unprofessional, obscene, threatening or intimidating, disruptive to the efficient operations of schools, violates an employee’s duty of loyalty to DCSD, that disparages DCSD employees, students, communities, customers, partners and affiliates, or that might constitute harassment or bullying. Examples of such conduct might include offensive posts meant to intentionally harm someone’s reputation or posts that could contribute to a hostile work environment. • Your personal or anyone else’s blog, wiki, or social networking site is not the ideal place to raise employment concerns or to make complaints, including alleged discrimination, unlawful harassment, or safety issues. Appropriate reporting procedures are outlined elsewhere in this Employee Guide. • You may not disclose any sensitive, proprietary, confidential, or financial information about DCSD. Confidential information includes trade secrets or anything related to DCSD’s innovations, strategy, financials, or initiatives that have not been made public, internal reports, procedures or other internal business-related confidential communications. Consult with your supervisor or DCSD Community Relations if you have any questions about the appropriateness of publishing information relating to DCSD, its employees or any of its affiliates.
Effective July 1, 2016