POSTED: Friday, October 25, 2013 - 2:55pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 11:11am
Tatum, Texas (KETK) —
A Tatum Independent School District teacher has been placed on paid administrative leave after it was reported the teacher sent inappropriate text messages to a student,
According to Drenon Fite, Jr., Director of Human Resources and Community Relations for Tatum ISD, the teacher is alleged to have used electronic media off-campus to contact a student with improper messages and was placed on leave, Thursday.
The district has launched an investigation into what exactly went on, if anything, between the high school teacher and the student.
School officials tell KETK, "Many teachers use their personal cell phones to communicate with students and it's up to the teachers to use good judgment in what they do and do not send or engage in. So, we are investigating the matter."
The Tatum ISD Employee Handbook states the following in connection with electronic communication betweent students and faculty:
In accordance with administrative regulations, a certified or licensed employee, or any other employee designated in writing by the Superintendent or a campus principal, may use electronic media to communicate with currently enrolled students about matters within the scope of the employee's professional responsibilities. All other employees are prohibited from using electronic media to communicate directly with students who are currently enrolled in the District. The regulations shall address:
Exceptions for family and social relationships
The circumstances under which an employee may use text messaging to communicate with students
- Other matters deemed appropriate by the Superintendent or designee
Each employee shall comply with the District's requirements for records retention and destruction to the extent those requirements apply to electronic media.
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