The creation of Bradley County Schools web sites (district and schools) is encouraged as a means of communication with students, parents/guardians, staff, community members, and the public at-large. The content of web pages representing Bradley County Schools must be for informational and educational uses. Course descriptions, parent-student handbooks, educational links, academic awards, calendars of events, student work, school schedules, assignments, reference guides and remote instructions are examples of appropriate content for Bradley County Schools web pages..
Web sites shall support the educational vision of Bradley County Schools and be consistent with Board goals related to communication and media relations. Web sites shall be consistent with the educational aims of the Board of Education, the letter and spirit of the Board's policies, the Education Code of the State of Tennessee, and international, federal and state laws.
The content of Bradley County Schools web pages must be related to curriculum and instruction, school-authorized activities, or information about the Bradley County Schools or its mission. External sites linked from Bradley County Schools web sites must be appropriate for student use.
Web pages shall not include nor link to content that is obscene, libelous or slanderous, promotes illegal activities, threatens the safety of others, or creates a clear and present danger of inciting students or others to commit unlawful acts, violate school rules or disrupt the school's orderly operation. The final determination of what is objectionable rests with the Bradley County Schools administration.
Web pages may not contain or link to chat rooms, message boards, guests books or instant messaging services.
Bradley County Schools and Bradley County Schools-related sites shall not be used for commercial purposes including offering to sell or purchase products or services. Links to commercial sites for the sole purpose of advertising or sales are not appropriate. However, information related to fund-raising activities by the Bradley County Schools, school or school-related organizations is appropriate.
Advertisements for commercial businesses are not permitted. Commercial product reviews, hyperlinks to download freeware or trial versions of shareware software for evaluation purposes, or hyperlinks to commercial sites having educational value are permissible. Logos and/or names of businesses that have sponsored a Bradley County Schools or school-sponsored activity are appropriate if they follow Board policy and have the approval of the Director of Schools or designee.
Web pages must comply with all state, federal and international laws concerning copyright, intellectual property and use of telecommunications.
All Bradley County Schools web sites must include a contact e-mail address for the staff member responsible for that site.
The content of Bradley County Schools web sites shall not violate the privacy rights of students, parents/guardians, staff, board members and other individuals. Bradley County Schools web sites shall not include home phone numbers, addresses, or e-mail addresses of students and their parents/guardians. Bradley County Schools web sites shall not post the home address or telephone number of any person without prior written permission of that individual.
Staff members' names, work phone numbers, and Bradley County Schools e-mail addresses are public information and may be published on Bradley County Schools web pages. Permission shall be obtained before publishing photos of Bradley County Schools employees.
Photos of individual students or groups of students in which individuals are easily identifiable shall not be published without the signed consent of both the student and parent/guardian. Photos of groups of students in which no individuals are easily identifiable may be published without student or parent/guardian consent.
Student work may appear on web pages only with written permission from both the student and parent/guardian.
A student's full name shall not be used on any page without the signed consent of both the student and parent/guardian; however, students may be identified by first name only or first name and last initial without permission.
Parents/guardians may request in writing that directory-type information about their child not be included on Bradley County Schools web sites. Directory information includes information such as name and grade posted on lists such as honor roll, sports rosters, band members, etc.
The Director of Schools will designate Bradley County Schools staff responsible for maintaining the official Bradley County Schools web site and monitoring all Bradley County Schools web activity. School principals or designees will designate Bradley County Schools staff responsible for maintaining the official school web sites. It is the responsibility of the administration and these webmasters to ensure that the contents of all web pages are in compliance with all Bradley County Schools guidelines before posting on any Bradley County Schools or school web site. With the permission of the administration, a staff member may create a web site for posting on the Bradley County Schools or school web site if the content is in compliance with all Bradley County Schools guidelines. As part of a class activity, students may create web pages to be posted on a Bradley County Schools web site. The content of any student-created web page must relate to the educational objectives of the activity assigned by the teacher, be consistent with all Bradley County Schools guidelines, and be approved in writing by the teacher and the administrator. The teacher shall keep a hard copy of all approved student web pages. It will not be a violation of a student's right of free speech to require removal of material that fails to meet established educational objectives or that is in violation of a provision of the Bradley County Schools guidelines and school regulations. Student web pages must include the following notice: "This is a student web page. Opinions expressed on this page shall not be attributed to Bradley County Schools." Bradley County Schools reserves the right to remove any student web pages from a Bradley County Schools web site at any time.
Although any person may develop a web site for a Bradley County Schools-related organization or activity, he or she should do so in a manner consistent with all Bradley County Schools guidelines. Though not considered official Bradley County Schools web sites, these sites should strive to reflect well upon Bradley County Schools and the school. When approved by the administration; school or Bradley County Schools web pages may link to these sites. Material presented on the organization Web page must relate specifically to organization activities. Organization Web pages must include the following notice: "This is an extracurricular organization Web page. Opinions expressed on this page shall not be attributed to the Bradley County Schools." Only designated Bradley County Schools webmasters are allowed to upload files to Bradley County Schools web sites.