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Email and Text Messaging
1. Use a personal account
- Create a personal email account for yourself.
- Use your personal email account for all local association activity.
- PSEA will only send email to your personal e-mail account.
- Most home internet providers (Cable, DSL) will provide you with an email account, or you can get a private e-mail from Google (Gmail), Yahoo, or other providers.
- Do not email students or parents from your personal email account. Do not share your personal e-mail address with your students.
- Even with a personal account, email is not necessarily "private." Email about unethical, illegal or other inappropriate subjects can be discovered through litigation.
2. Using your school-provided email address
- Be sure to review your employer's email policy and contact your Uniserv representative with any questions.
- Use your school email account only for job-related communications. (to your colleagues, students, parents, etc.)
- Do not use your school email account to communicate about PSEA or local association issues.
- Do not use your school email account to communicate about political issues.
Note: With new Right-to-Know legislation, your work email 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 email, 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.