Social media protocol
This page outlines how the Ottawa Catholic School Board communicates with the public using social networking sites. Our social media accounts are managed by the Board’s Communications Department. Any other account or page on social networking sites bearing The Ottawa Catholic School Board’s name or likeliness is not an official account managed by us. This protocol applies to the following social media accounts:
- Twitter: Ottawa Catholic SB | @OttCatholicSB
- Facebook: OttCatholicSB
- Instagram: ottcatholicsb
- YouTube: Ottawa Catholic School Board
- Pinterest: Ottawa Catholic School Board
We update and monitor our accounts during regular business hours, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. On occasion, we may update content outside of our regular business hours to report on events that occur during evenings or weekends, or to report important information. Any messages or questions we receive outside of our regular business hours will be reviewed at the beginning of the next school day.
Following and sharing
We will ‘follow’ and ‘like’ the accounts of various community members, partners and organizations. Please be advised that being followed or liked by The Ottawa Catholic School Board does not imply endorsement of any kind. We will retweet, repin, and share information from other users or accounts that may be of value to our community. Retweets, repins, and shares should not be interpreted as an endorsement of the originator or of any organization.
Responding to questions
The Ottawa Catholic School Board welcomes comments, suggestions and questions about the content we post on social media channels. Unfortunately, we are not able to reply individually to all messages received. All replies and direct messages will be read, and the emerging themes or helpful suggestions will be forwarded to the appropriate parties. Please note that the comments and posts expressed by other users on or directed at our accounts do not reflect the opinions and position of the Ottawa Catholic School Board or its employees. We also reserve the right to refuse, remove or edit content users post on our YouTube and/or Facebook pages that do not comply with our Commenting Guidelines.
Our social media commenting guidelines
The Ottawa Catholic School Board welcomes comments, suggestions and questions about the content we post on social media channels; however, the Board asks that you follow the general rules of respectful civil discourse. You are fully responsible for everything that you post, and we would like to remind you that all posted comments are in the public domain. To protect your own privacy and the privacy of others, please do not include personal information such as your phone number, home address, or email address in the body of your comment.
We will not tolerate comments that are offensive to an individual or an organization, rude in tone, or abusive. We do not discriminate against any views, but we reserve the right to refuse, edit or remove any of the following:
- comments contrary to the principles of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
- comments that violate any Ottawa Catholic School Board policy
- racist, hateful, slanderous, abusive, and/or obscene messages
- solicitations, advertisements, or spam
- comments that encourage or suggest illegal activity or cyber bullying
- messages where the sender is not the author (nor the copyright holder, if applicable), and/or posted anonymously or by robot accounts
In short, please be respectful and make sure your comments are relevant. If you have any questions about our commenting and service standards, or how we apply them, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. You participate at your own risk, taking personal responsibility for your comments, your username and any information provided.