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General Protocol
In creating an online community, CSBA has established basic guidelines governing behavior for all participants. By participating in one or more of CSBA’s Facebook and Twitter pages, you agree that you have read and will follow the social networking guidelines provided. – please take a moment to acquaint yourself with them. Some discussion forums are provided as a membership benefit and CSBA reserves the right to limit participation in those groups to CSBA members only. If you have any questions, contact Brittany McKannay, Public Information Officer, at or 916.371.4691. CSBA reserves the right to suspend or terminate user participation for persons who violate these guidelines.

California Open Meeting Laws
California law (the Brown Act) prohibits a majority of the members of a board from using online community forums to discuss, deliberate or take action on any item within the subject matter jurisdiction of the board. By participating in CSBA’s online forums, board members are responsible for ensuring that their participation does not create a serial meeting or otherwise violate the Brown Act. CSBA does not actively monitor the site for compliance with the Brown Act, though CSBA will take action should any post in violation of the Act be brought to CSBA's attention. In no event shall CSBA be liable for any violations of the Brown Act that may result from postings in this forum nor shall CSBA be liable for any damages, including attorney's fees, that may result from such a violation.

Discussion forums are provided as a service of the California School Boards Association. CSBA accepts no responsibility for the opinions and information posted on the site by others. Use of any information obtained from this forum is voluntary, and reliance on it should only be undertaken after an independent review of its accuracy, completeness, efficacy and timeliness. CSBA disclaims all warranties with regard to information posted, whether posted by CSBA or any third party; this disclaimer includes all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness.

In no event shall CSBA be liable for any special, indirect or consequential damages or any damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data or profits arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of any information posted on the site. CSBA does not actively monitor the site for inappropriate postings and does not on its own undertake editorial control of postings. However, in the event that any inappropriate posting is brought to the attention of CSBA, CSBA will take appropriate action. CSBA reserves the right to terminate access to any user who does not abide by these guidelines.

Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process or service by trade name, trademark, service marks, manufacturer or otherwise does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation or favoring by CSBA.

Privacy Policy
CSBA will not sell or transmit to any other user the e-mail address of individuals participating in its Facebook or Twitter pages. It will, however, periodically send electronic messages about CSBA events or products to participants. By participating, you agree to periodically receive these messages from CSBA.

Social Networking Participant Guidelines
1. CSBA’s Facebook forum was created for association members and other education officials that have been invited and/or accepted to join the conversation by CSBA. Participants should use discretion before sharing the information posted on this forum unless provided permission from CSBA.

2. We ask that all participants be respectful when interacting on the CSBA Facebook or Twitter pages and affiliated discussion groups. Posting defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive or illegal materials and comments is strictly prohibited. Please do not post anything that you would not want the public to see or that you would not want them to know came from you. If derogatory materials or comments are posted to the Facebook page or discussion groups, CSBA will remove the statement immediately.

3. We ask that you do not use the CSBA Facebook or Twitter pages for advertisements or marketing efforts. Please do not post commercial messages without the permission of CSBA. Feel free, nonetheless, to discuss specific products or services, but remember that your comments are made in the public domain. As such, you are responsible for your comments just as if they were made in a live discussion or a printed publication. Please contact Leslie O’Neill at for more information about announcement opportunities.

It is OK for users to:

  • Share opinions and differences of opinions
  • Discuss specific products or services

It is not OK for users to:

  • Post messages or materials that could be perceived as a personal attack
  • Post commercial messages without permission from CSBA
  • Post defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive or illegal materials

4. CSBA believes in transparency and honestly and therefore encourages each participant to use his/her real name or identify oneself when commenting or posting a statement. If you have a vested interest in something you are discussing, please include this information in your statement. Keep in mind that what you publish online will be around for a long time and therefore you should consider the content carefully and always be judicious in disclosing personal information.

5.CSBA has implemented a system to insure that participants on our Facebook page are education professionals, bringing accurate information to the discussions taking place. However, please recognize that regardless of our privacy efforts, all statements presented on Facebook can end up as public information. We encourage all participants to write knowledgeably, accurately and use appropriate professionalism.

6. Do not post any information or other material protected by copyright without the permission of the copyright owner. By posting material, the posting party warrants and represents that it owns the copyright or has received permission from the copyright owner. In addition, the posting party grants CSBA and users of the list the non-exclusive right and license to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit, print and use such information or other material.

7. Remember that CSBA and other discussion forum participants have the right to reproduce postings to these pages. Although CSBA takes the normal precautions in securing its data system, CSBA accepts no responsibility for the security or confidentiality of the content of its discussion forums on its system. CSBA cannot assure the longevity of discussion forum records for record-keeping purposes. Any messages that you want to keep should be saved to your own computer.

8. Finally, we look forward to reading the worthwhile information and perspective you provide on the CSBA Facebook and Twitter pages. CSBA is best represented by the knowledge and experience of our members and we are eager to reflect that through our social networking outlets.