Wake County Schools

Wake policy determines when texts between teachers, students are appropriate

Posted March 27, 2018 4:52 p.m. EDT
Updated March 27, 2018 6:42 p.m. EDT

— Email and text messages make it possible to contact anybody at any time, but school leaders in Wake County are questioning whether that type of contact is appropriate between students and teachers.

It is difficult to create a policy that will stay ahead of technology, but that is what Wake County schools’ policy committee are trying to do when it comes to modern communication.

In a committee meeting Tuesday afternoon, board members discussed communication between staff and students and what is, and is not, allowed.

Policy requires most communication to go through school-controlled electronic devices unless otherwise approved by a parent or supervisor.

According to a proposed policy, teachers would be able to electronically communicate with students for educational purposes on platforms approved by administrators and in a way where any conversations could be made available to a parent or supervisor.

Electronic communication outside of school-controlled channels would also be allowed in the case of an emergency or when it is necessary to relay information associated with school-related activities.

After a vote by the Police Committee, the proposed policy now goes before the full board.