HCPSS Policy 8080 defines Professional Social Media Accounts as those accounts “created by an employee for HCPSS-sanctioned activities.” Several of the accounts mentioned above were created by employees for their own personal purposes, however, the content of direct messages on either professional or personal accounts could in fact be responsive under the MPIA when “created or received by a school system official in connection with the transaction of HCPSS business” as defined in HCPSS Policy 3050: Records Management, and were made or received “by a unit or instrumentality in connection with the transaction of public business” as defined under MPIA GP § 4-101(j). As such, we have asked each account manager to supply those records on the requested accounts which would be considered public records for review and release under the MPIA. The account manager for @mjmsuper indicates there are no existing direct messages on the account. The account manager for @BillJBarnes indicates there are no direct messages on the account that fall within the definition of a public record. Additional review needed to release direct messages under @PrincipalNovak.
HCPSS MPIA Request #2019-048
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