BECKLEY, W.Va. -- The Raleigh County Board of Education has banned teachers from sending personal texts to students.
The move follows the firings of two teachers earlier this year for sending inappropriate texts to students.
The Register-Herald (http://bit.ly/GGrjtE ) reports that board members policy approved Tuesday.
Schools Superintendent Jim Brown says the policy bans texting that's unrelated to school or extracurricular activities.
Board member Cynthia Jafary says the policy is designed to give school employees guidelines for how to communicate with students.
Jafary says teachers and staff are encouraged to use a school-based system that allows them to send electronic messages to students and parents regarding snow days, homework assignments, classroom events and practices.