Social Media Guidance: Examples

Examples of appropriate use for staff (non-instructional)

Example 1: Politics - It’s OK to post about your unbiased and course-appropriate political conversations with students. You represent FCPS. Posts with vulgar language, hate, and threats go against all that FCPS stands for.

Example 2: Talking About Students - It’s always best to refer to students in a positive light. Disparaging comments about students are unacceptable on- and offline. Using the student’s name, in this case, makes it even worse.

Example 3: Opt Outs - Select engaging photos of students who aren’t on your opt-out list. Do not distort or cover students’ faces—it defeats the purpose of sharing on social media. If students have a signed opt-out form on file, don’t feature them.

Example 4: Keep It Clean - Keep it clean! Even your personal accounts reflect upon your role as an employee. Avoid posting content on social media that would be embarrassing to you if discovered by your parents, students’ parents, or your supervisor.

Example 5: Confidentiality - Share facts about the budget or other publicly-promoted facts about FCPS initiatives. Employees will be held responsible for disclosing confidential or private information to the public.

Example 6: Check Your Tone - Make sure your tone is calm and professional. Don’t fall into the troll trap by being snarky or rude. What you say and how you say it reflects on FCPS. Always be professional.


Social Media Guidance for Staff