Hawkins County schools ponder tighter social media

Hawkins County schools ponder tighter social media

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ROGERSVILLE (AP) - An East Tennessee school board will vote next week on a more strict policy regarding teachers texting and emailing students.

The Kingsport Times-News reported the proposed revisions to the Hawkins County Schools social media and student relations policies were discussed at a work session on Thursday.

The proposed revisions follow the three-day suspension of a teacher in March for what were described as suggestive Facebook messages to a 17-year-old female student. The incident is being investigated by the Hawkins County Sheriff's Office and the TBI.

The student relations policy change would restrict teachers' contact with students outside of school hours to instructional or school-related activities only.

The current policy requires teachers to use good judgment and avoid excessive informal and social contact with students.

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