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Pasco schools start to tweet



The Pasco school district posted its first Twitter message on Wednesday, more than two years after launching its account.

Before getting started, officials said they had to write rules guiding employee use of the social networking site (attached below), in order to avoid improprieties. The rules state, in part:  

Employees who maintain District-related Twitter accounts are acting as representatives of the District. As such, they must refrain from allowing personal or political viewpoints to dictate the kind of information shared or re-tweeted on Twitter. Employees will not use derogatory language when tweeting, and will maintain a positive and friendly tone. Employees are encouraged to share often, and to be genuine, but they must always carry themselves with professionalism. Remember, once a tweet has been posted, it becomes public information. 

Examples of potentially tweet-worthy materials include: 

• Good news/What's happening at your school/site

• Picture of the Day/Other school-related pictures

• Short/Long form videos/People of Pasco

• Weather emergencies/bus info

• Food service emergencies

Five schools — Trinity Oaks and Wesley Chapel elementary, Centennial middle, and Gulf and River Ridge high — are slated to begin tweeting in February, with all schools having access by May. Will you follow your school if it uses Twitter? What kind of messages would you like to receive? Should schools let kids tweet while on campus, too? So far, that's not an option.

[Last modified: Thursday, December 22, 2011 9:08am]


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