WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — There is no policy in place for how Westborough teachers and administrators must conduct themselves online, but that won't be the case for much longer.
Superintendent Marianne O'Connor and technology director Kathy Martin addressed the School Committee Tuesday night with a draft of the town's first policy, which will address how teachers and administrators will be judged going forward.
"I think we also understood the need to clarify for teachers and underscore the requirement that they need to be the very best professional representatives online," Martin said.
The proposal was looked over by town lawyers and approved to move forward. O'Connor told the board she is trying to look ahead for potential pitfalls.
"We made it more restrictive than [the lawyers] thought we needed to," she said.
The school committee talked about amending the language in the proposal, which included adjusting the words "acceptable use," the current terminology, to "appropriate use." They also discussed the policy of teachers using cell phones for school business, which is defined as for "emergencies."
If it is determined cell phones were used for school purposes, the school administration has the right to request the cell phone as a record of the communication.
"It's really just keeping up with technology," committee member Nicole Sullivan said.
The School Committee said it plans to review the proposal further before putting it to a vote.