10/9/2013 9:19 AM
by Nadine Grimley
BECKLEY - The Raleigh County Board of Education banned teachers from sending personal texts to students.
The move comes after two teachers were fired earlier this year for sending inappropriate text messages to students. Board members approved the policy Tuesday.
Schools Superintendent James Brown said the policy banned texting that's unrelated to school or extracurricular activities and is designed to give school employees guidelines for how to communicate with students. Board members said teachers and staff are encouraged to use a school-based system that allows them to send electronic messages to parents and students regarding snow days, homework, and practices.