Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education


Secondary Education and Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Patrick M. Jenlink, Ed. D.

Second Advisor

Karen E. Jenlink, Ed. D.

Third Advisor

Pauline M. Sampson, Ph. D.

Fourth Advisor

Shirley Luna, Ed. D.


The purpose of this descriptive case study was to conduct a policy analysis regarding electronic communication between educators and students in three rural East Texas school districts. The policy analysis for each district began with the initial implementation of teacher communication via electronic sources provided by the districts. The focus of the study was limited specifically to the policy regulating nonschool related, electronic communication by educators with students. The challenge faced by school districts to embrace technology with one-to-one classrooms, virtual classrooms, constant connectivity, school texting applications, and open availability to teachers via email, complicates restrictions placed on non-school related communication. The need to protect educators and students with regard to such communication has caused school boards to review their current electronic communication policy thus narrowing the broad guidelines previously in place. The findings include educator perceptions and suggestions.

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