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Computer use policies OK'd

Tantasqua makes some adjustments before vote

December 22, 2010
STURBRIDGE — The Regional School Committee approved two policies after initiating second readings during its meeting Tuesday night at Tantasqua Regional High School.

The committee spent a large amount of time amending the language in the social media policy, which describes the expected behavior of students and staff members when using the school computer network. Some committee members found the language in the policy to be unclear, specifically the lines pertaining to student and staff communications with elected officials using school email accounts.

Two members suggested the policy be returned to a subcommittee for revision, but the majority determined the policy should be approved with specific amendments. The most notable amendment revolved around altering the language to make clear that students and staff can only use school email accounts to communicate with elected officials if they do so as part of a school assignment or project.

The second policy, which involves school enforcement of drug and alcohol violations, was also approved after Superintendent Daniel Durgin fielded questions from members of the committee. One question involved the district regulations pertaining to students bringing prescription drugs into school, and Durgin asserted that there are existing policies that govern such circumstances.

"We have a process in place where prescription drugs have to be documented with the nurse after a doctor prescribed them," Durgin said.

Much of the second half of the meeting was dedicated to updating the committee on money that has been saved by the school district since it began taking steps toward ensuring that its schools are more energy efficient.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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