Social Media Toolkit

Chicago Public Schools recognizes that Social Media is a vital tool allowing students, parents, staff, faculty and other interested parties to stay connected, engaged and effectively communicating. This web page is a toolkit of resources—video, documents, and links to other sites—for administrators who want to use social media to connect with their school communities. At some CPS schools, staff members and parents are working together with their principal on using social media; these resources are for you, too!

For questions, to share your ideas or if you are interested in starting a social media presence, contact the Office of Communications at 3-1620 or email us at

Guidance on School Social Media

1 A school's principal is the only person with the authority to authorize an official school social media presence.
2 Principals who authorize a school presence on social media are ultimately responsible for its content and maintenance.
3 Principals who delegate all or part of maintaining their school's social media presence should think through their decisions carefully utilizing the resources in this toolkit, including the thought exercises below.

Thought exercises for Principals

Click here for a slideshow on 8 questions to ask from chipubschools

Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media is an endorsed provider of digital citizenship curriculum and training for Chicago Public Schools—an excellent resource for students, parents, and staff alike to learn about social and digital media issues. You may find these Common Sense Media resources particularly useful:

For questions about this curriculum or to schedule professional development around these topics at your school, please reach out to Sue Thotz at Common Sense Media

Media Consent Forms

Student media consent form: English  |   Spanish  |   Polish

Social Media Resources

Facebook Guide
Twitter Guide
Getting Started with YouTube



Page Last Modified on Friday, July 31, 2015