Tennessee Educator’s Insurance: Crafting Tech Policies Part 2

Tennessee Educator’s Insurance: Crafting Tech Policies Part2 Tennessee Educators Insurance Crafting Technology Policies Part2

In the first part of this post, we discussed the recent controversy surrounding the Williamson County School District’s (WCSD) technology and policy. There were many concerns voiced by students and parents about the amount of control the school officials had over the students’ technology activity and involvement. Some concerned parents brought the issue to the attention of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) which pushed to have the regulations revised.

According to the ACUL, the WCSD’s technology policy was a violation to students’ First and Fourth Amendment rights of freedom of expression and freedom from unreasonable search and seizure; however police authorities in the area have said that they have no power to confiscate student devices without reasonable cause. As such, the organization called for the retraction and revision of the technology policies. Critics noted that the policy unfairly excluded students from vital learning opportunities should they or their parents disagree with the policy and choose not to comply. Those students who did not sign the agreement were excluded from fundamental class activities, allegedly putting them at a disadvantage to their peers.

WCSD is just one of thousands of school districts across the country struggling to find a balance between incorporating technology into the class room and protecting the safety and wellbeing of their students. While technology is undoubtedly important in the modern classroom, crafting a technology guidelines and conduct expectations can be a complicated process for educators and officials. Strict policies can leave educators exposed to legal complications, while lenient guidelines could expose school boards to a number of liability concerns.

Tennessee schools are faced with an increasing number of liability complications based on an ever evolving array of issues. As such, it is important the Tennessee educators secure the coverage they need to keep their staff, students and facilities financial secure. At Barnes Insurance Agency, we work with top-quality insurers to provide insurance programs for the educational sector. Our Educational Institutions Insurance Program includes property and liability solutions tailored to the risks faced by educational organizations. To learn more about out Tennessee Educator’s Insurance programs, contact us today at (866) 733-5424.



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