LARAMIE — Albany County School District No. 1 Board of Education debated Wednesday whether to craft policy preventing teachers from being social media friends with their students.

ACSD No. 1 Board of Education Trustee Tammy Schroeder said the district should include a section in its employee conduct policy prohibiting teachers from friending their students on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Including a restriction in the conduct policy is designed to prevent potential inappropriate relationships from forming on social media between teachers and students.

“There is nothing in the (the policy saying) our employees cannot be friends with their students,” Schroeder said. “If we don’t have a policy that says ‘Don’t be friends with your friends on Facebook’ and then if they become Facebook friends, they (could) engage in a private relationship with a student, and we don’t have a policy that says teachers can’t do that.”

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