In addition to routine items on the agenda, such as hearing a business report and reviewing the district’s energy management program, board members approved two new policies.
Most significant of the two was the policy regulating staff communication with students online. According to SB 1 — a rewritten version of the Amy Hestir Student Protection Act passed during the General Assembly‘s special session this fall — all districts must adopt policies concerning employee-student communications (including electronic communications) no later than March 1, 2012. The statute was controversial enough to attract national media attention because a judge said it might violate First Amendment rights to free speech. According to the Missouri State Teachers Association, which is the organization suing the state over this bill, they may now have to fight the constitutionality of this issue in every district instead of just on the state level.
Raymore-Peculiar’s board also approved a revision of the policy setting the days of the month on which they meet.
The Board of Education meeting, which was open to the public, took place in the district’s Administrative Services Center; 21005 S. School Road; Peculiar, MO 64078.
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