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Student Handbook - Appendix D


MEETINGHOUSE SCHOOL WESTMINSTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

 

Student Handbook 

2021- 2022


APPENDIX D 

Ashburnham-Westminster Regional School District 

WEBPAGE PUBLISHING POLICY 

Our district has chosen to adopt the following regulations with respect to all of our school webpages. 

Supervision of Webpages 

Responsibility for the content of a school’s website will rest solely with the building principal. The principal, at his or her discretion, may select a person, or  persons (hereafter referred to as the webmaster) to maintain the school website in a fashion that is consistent with the regulations set forth in this policy. 

Quality of Content 

Each school webpage will be designed and maintained in such a way as to meet with the following criteria: 

  1. anything that appears on the school webpage will be grammatically correct and free of spelling mistakes 
  2. the webpage should be well organized, professional in appearance, and offer ease of use for those who visit the site 3. the only links (quick connections to other sites on the World Wide Web) which will be posted on the webpage are those which have been thoroughly  checked out by the webmaster and deemed to be of educational value 
  3. the webpage will not contain ANY links to staff or student homepages 

It must be clearly understood that any material submitted for publication (by either a student, staff member, or community member) may be accepted or  rejected by the building principal based on its educational merits and the needs of the school at that point in time. 

Publication of Student and Staff Information 

Publication of student information will be implemented in a tiered approach. 

At the high school level: the following information, in any combination, may appear on the school webpages: individual and/or group photographs,  student work, and a student’s full name. 

At the middle school level: group photographs and side profiles may appear on the school webpages. However, no names shall ever be linked to a  photograph. Student work shall be identified by first name and last initial only. 

At the elementary school level: Student work shall be  identified by first name and grade level only. 

For purposes of this policy, student work shall be understood to be (though not limited to) writings, artwork and musical pieces. Additionally, information at  any level may only be published with the expressed written permission of the student’s parent or guardian (see Permission Form). 

Permission Form 

At the beginning of each school year, the Ashburnham-Westminster Regional School District Webpage Publishing Permission Form will be sent home with  each student in the district. Parents/guardians must indicate on the form if they grant or deny permission for their child’s name and/or picture to appear on a  school webpage. If a parent/guardian fails to complete the form, the district will treat that act as a DENIAL of consent, until otherwise notified in writing by the  parent/guardian. This permission form will then be kept on file at the student’s respective school. If the student is eighteen, s/he may sign the permission  form for her/himself. Student telephone numbers and/or home addresses will not be posted on any school webpage. 

A staff member’s full name, picture, and school email address can be published on a school webpage provided that the staff member has signed a release  form authorizing the publication of such information. Staff home telephone numbers and/or home addresses will not be posted on any school webpage.

Copyright issues

When student or staff work is published on any school webpage, the webmaster will post a copyright notice prohibiting the copying of this work without  written consent.

If a webmaster chooses to incorporate material (text files, graphics, audio files) from another source on the school webpage, s/he must first obtain  permission from the copyright owner. The district will furnish each webmaster with a Copyright Permission Form that can be used to garner said  permission. Once permission is granted and the material is used, a notice must be placed at the bottom of the school webpage crediting the original  producer. 

Policy Review 

The School Committee will periodically assess the appropriateness of the language contained herein and make any necessary changes to stay current with  technological advances. 

First Reading: 3 /21/ 00 Adopted: 3 /28/ 00