Section (6000) Instruction
Policy Name Posting of Student Work/Photographs
Policy Number 6141.324
Date Approved 06/13/2005
Date Revised 06/11/07
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The District has an obligation to protect student safety and to balance this with the need for open communications when using the Internet or other media. Therefore, the Board charges the Superintendent to establish guidelines to fulfill this obligation.

The purposes of these guidelines are to:

1. inform school staff of the possible dangers of allowing students to publish identifying information on the Internet or other media;
2. recognize that there are potential advantages of allowing students to publish identifying information on the Internet or other media; and
3. provide to schools a recommended set of guidelines governing how student identifying information should be allowed in publishing on the Internet or other media.


. Pictures that are a part of student publishing should not include identifying information.
. Under no circumstances should a student's home address or phone number be included.
. If replies to published student work are appropriate, the sponsoring teacher's school address should be the e-mail address displayed, not the students.
. In special circumstances where a parent-signed release is provided, identifying information (beyond directory information) can be added.
. In the absence of an objection to its release, directory information (such as the name of student) may be released by the District where appropriate.

It is recognized by the Board that there may be circumstances beyond the release of directory information where it might be appropriate for high school students to provide identifying information along with work published on the Internet. An example of such an appropriate circumstance might be college entrance or employment opportunities that may be enhanced by viewing a student's work on the Internet. In making this determination, the high school student and the supervisory staff member must weigh the potential for risk against the perceived advantage of posting this identifying information. Parental approval, in addition to that of school staff, is required where there is uncertainty regarding the posting of identifying information for high school students.

Students shall retain all rights to work they create using the District's electronic communication system.

 (cf. 4320 - Personnel Acceptable Computer Network Use)
(cf. 5131.8 - Students Acceptable Use Policy)
(cf. 5125 - Student Records)
 (cf. 6145.3 - Publications)
(cf. 6162.6 - Use of Copy Devises, Copyrights)

Legal Reference: Connecticut General Statutes
119(b)(11) Access to public records. Exempt records.
10 15b Access of parent or guardians to student's records.
10 209 Records not to be public.
11-8a Retention, destruction and transfer of documents
11-8b Transfer or disposal of public records. State Library Board to adopt regulations.
46b 56 (e) Access to Records of Minors.
Connecticut Public Records Administration Schedule V Disposition of Education Records (Revised 1983).
Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (section 438 of the General Education Provisions Act, as amended, added by section 513 of P.L. 93 568, codified at 20 U.S.C. 1232g.).
Dept. of Educ. 34 C.F.R. Part 99 (May 9, 1980 45 FR 30802) regs. implementing FERPA enacted as part of 438 of General Educ. provisions act (20 U.S.C. 1232g) parent and student privacy and other rights with respect to educational records, as amended 11/21/96.
Public Law 94-553, The Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. 101 et. seq.