TPMS PTA Discussion List Guidelines:

  1. Sign posts with your name as well as your child's first name and grade. 
  2. Please refrain from endorsing any candidates or advising others on how to vote.  The TPMS PTA is an IRS Section 501(c)3 non-profit organization and therefore can not take any position on any political campaign.  
  3. Remember others’ right to privacy.  Refrain from naming names, especially those of students other than your own, when raising issues that may be sensitive or controversial.  
  4. It is also not appropriate on the list to name a teacher or staff person with whom you are having issues.  You MAY talk in general terms about classwork, expectations, etc.  But if you have issues with a particular teacher, please deal with that teacher directly.  
  5. This list is not a classified ad list, please do not use it as such.  Parents are welcome to recommend events, organizations, classes, services, and items to one another as long as it is relevant to our students and does not compete with the school or PTA. 
  6. Information on this list should not be copied, forwarded or cross-posted to other lists without the express permission of the original poster. 
  7. Please observe basic polite online behavior: 
  • Adhere to the same standards of behavior online that you should follow in real life.  
  • Be honest, respectful, and polite. If you wouldn't say it to someone's face, don't say it online.  
  • If you disagree with someone, criticize the idea, not the person.  
  • If you realize you are part of a flame war (more than two or three angry postings back and forth between two people), go offline to finish it.  Don't monopolize the list with your disagreement. 
  • Be conscious of your choice of language - sometimes words that might not sound hurtful when said in person (when tone of voice and gesture can help communication) might feel offensive to someone when they are written.  Sarcasm and sardonic humor do not translate well into writing. 
  • Avoid generalizations about entire groups of people, including racial, ethnic, religious, gender, sexual orientation or other stereotypes.  For example, lumping "all teenagers" (or "all parents") together is unfair and inaccurate.
  • If your message is directed at a specific person (and would not be of interest to everyone), reply to that individual rather than the entire list.  This particularly applies if you have a private or sensitive comment to make.  
  • Do not post personal emails on a public list without first obtaining the author's permission.
  • Be forgiving of other people's mistakes.  If you really feel the need to correct someone, do so respectfully and, if it's personal, in private. 
  • Assume people mean well, and that any omissions or offensive comments were inadvertent.
  • Respect other people's time and bandwidth.

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