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Social Media Policy

The following Social Media Policy applies to all social media pages maintained by Bend-La Pine Schools Board Director Melissa Barnes Dholakia.


Director Melissa Barnes Dholakia maintains social media accounts and pages primarily as a way to share information with Bend-La Pine Schools stakeholders, as a supplement to communicating with stakeholders through Board meetings, email, phone and in person conversations, and other media sources. While she welcomes input from the public on social media in response to the information she shares, she does not respond to comments made on social media nor to messages sent through social media applications. 


The best and most effective way of making a comment, giving input, or otherwise connecting with her is by sending an email to She reads and responds to every email received, which then allows communication to be housed in a consistent space and in readily accessible under Oregon Public Records law.

Comment Policy

All content submitted by the public on Director Barnes Dholakia's social media sites is monitored and moderated to the greatest degree possible as a volunteer Board Director. It is considered public information that may be subject to disclosure to third parties under Oregon Public Records law.


Director Barnes Dholakia maintains the discretion to hide or remove comments that:

  • Violate the terms of use of the social media site where the comment is posted;

  • Include threats or harassing personal attacks;

  • Promote, foster, or perpetuate discrimination upon the basis on race, religion, gender, gender identity, marital status, familial status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, source of income, or other protected status under applicable law;

  • Conduct or encourage illegal activity;

  • Infringe on copyrights or trademarks;

  • Include solicitations of commerce or charitable contributions, except for City-sponsored activities;

  • Include inappropriate sexual content or links to inappropriate sexual content;

  • Include repetitive, “spam” comments unrelated to the topic at hand;

  • Include private and confidential information; and

  • Include information that may tend to compromise the safety or security of the public or public systems.


If there are repeated violations of this policy or the social media site’s terms of use by certain individuals or entities, Director Barnes Dholakia may take steps to exclude comments and posts from those individuals or entities.


Director Melissa Barnes Dholakia’s social media sites are maintained by herself, are not official pages for the Bend-La Pine Schools, and do not represent the position of the District. Any opinions or thoughts expressed by her on social media are her own personal opinions or thoughts unless otherwise stated.


Likewise, please note that the comments expressed on her social media pages by individuals do not reflect the opinions and positions of Director Melissa Barnes Dholakia or Bend-La Pine Schools. She takes no responsibility and assumes no liability for content posted by individuals on her social media pages.

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