On April 24, 2014 Governor Christie signed the legislation, S-441, which requires local school boards to have policies governing the use of social media communication between school employees and students. At a minimum, the policy must include provisions governing communication between school employees and students via email, cell phones, social networking websites and other Internet-based social media. Pursuant to the new law, school districts have 120 days from the date of signing to comply with the new law. If you do not have a social media policy, you must adopt one by August 22, 2014. If you have a social media policy, please check to make sure it specifically complies with the new law to address e-mail, cell phones, social networking sites and other Internet-based social media communications between school employees and students.
The Cooper Levenson Education Law Practice Group is ready to assist administrators and school board members who have questions about the new law or who need help reviewing or developing policies to ensure that their school districts comply with the law.