Teaching & Learning

E-mail and Text Messaging

E-mailing Safely

1. Use a personal account

  • Create a personal e-mail account for yourself.
  • Use your personal e-mail account for all local association activity.
  • PSEA will only send e-mail to your personal e-mail account.
  • Most home internet providers (Cable, DSL) will provide you with an e-mail account, or you can get a private e-mail from Google (Gmail)Yahoo, or other providers.
  • Do not e-mail students or parents from your personal e-mail account. Do not share your personal e-mail address with your students.
  • Even with a personal account, e-mail is not necessarily "private." E-mail about unethical, illegal or other inappropriate subjects can be discovered through litigation.

2. Using your school-provided e-mail address

  • Be sure to review your employer's e-mail policy and contact your Uniserv representative with any questions.
  • Use your school e-mail account only for job-related communications. (to your colleagues, students, parents, etc.)
  • Do not use your school e-mail account to communicate about PSEA or local association issues.
  • Do not use your school e-mail account to communicate about political issues.

Note: With new Right-to-Know legislation, your work e-mail could be considered a "public record." Learn more about these regulations. 

Text Messaging/Cellular Phone Usage

  • Do not share your cell phone number with students.
  • Do not call your students on their personal cell phones.
  • Do not text message your students.
  • Like e-mail, text messages are not necessarily "private" messages, and can be discovered through litigation.
  • Do not text message anyone about unethical, illegal, or other inappropriate subjects.



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