Florida district’s board to look at no longer hiding comments

December 11, 2018

The Sarasota County School District will soon pursue a social media policy allowing a wider range of comments to appear on its Facebook pages. In the past, the district had only established “one-way” communication on social media through its policy. The next step is to draft policy language that the board could vote on early next year.

The Sarasota County School District will soon pursue a social media policy allowing a wider range of comments to appear on its Facebook pages following a School Board workshop Monday.

In the past, the district had only established “one-way” communication on social media through its policy. District officials effectively hid most comments from the schools’ Facebook pages by hiding common words like “the” and “he.”

“We understand it’s scary for principals and assistant principals to consider that you’ve got parents who are not always going to be happy. But this allows us to respond in an appropriate way, acknowledges them and helps give them that level of service they are looking for to help change those negatives into a positive experience,” said district spokeswoman Tracey Beeker.