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BOE policies include new electronic communications rules

JONESBORO — The Clayton County Board of Education has a newly-refurbished set of instructional program policies, which includes more than 10 pages of electronic communications policy.

The board split 4-3 approving amendments to its Policy Series I Monday. Members Mark Christmas, Jessie Goree and Michael King opposed the measure.

Goree challenged the amendment that includes “members of the Clayton County Board of Education” as entities to which the board’s Internet acceptable use policy would apply. But the policy, she said, is designed for board employees and not board members.

She argued language applying to board members should only be contained in policy designed to address the board.

The revised policies include 11 pages of new rules on the use of email, software, hardware, user identifications and passwords and Internet and intranet networks.

Chief Operations Officer Dr. Cephus Jackson is over the school district’s technology department. He said the new electronic communications policy is in keeping with state law and helps policy-makers stay in step with ever-changing technologies that are increasingly used in the classroom.