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School board set to adopt new social media policy

Updated: Sep 10, 2021

Photo courtesy Cornell School District

Volunteers from interstate natural gas supplier Williams Company gather outside the Cornell School District during the Aug. 19 Day of Caring event. The event kicked off a recently announced three-year commitment to the school by Williams.


By Carrie Moniot

A social media policy is under review by Cornell school directors who are expected to approve the guidelines in September.

Up to this point, Cornell has not had an official social media policy in place.

The plan will establish the process and standards for approval and operation of district-owned social media accounts. It will also spell out the differences between personal social media accounts and those maintained by the district.

According to a draft of the new policy, a district-owned social media account is defined as one that is approved by the board and operated by a designated district employee to provide information to the school community and general public, while a personal social media account is for personal use and is not approved by the board as an official communication of the district.

According to the proposed policy, all district-owned social media accounts will be operated as non-public forums, prohibiting the public from posting comments.

The third and final reading of the social media policy will take place in September, at which point the board will vote on whether to adopt it. The second reading was approved Aug. 19.

The board is scheduled to hold a workshop meeting Sept. 7.

In other school news:

• The United Way Adopt-a-School program will continue at Cornell, with interstate natural gas supplier Williams Company making a three-year commitment to the district. A "Day of Caring" event held Aug. 19 kicked off the partnership. Twenty volunteers helped to paint games on the elementary playground, weeded and re-mulched areas, and placed flowers and planters by school entrances during the event.

• Cornell is one of 91 school districts across the country asked to participate in the American Association of School Administrators Learning 2025 initiative. Participating schools will deep dive into the topics of culture, resources, and social, emotional and cognitive growth. The Grable Foundation is providing funding for the national initiative.

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