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Guidelines for student-teacher relationships

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

There was a time when teachers met their students in the classroom then everyone went home. Today, contact outside the classroom is common and in some cases actively encouraged with web portals, homework questions and more.

And because of this, the increasingly blurry lines between teacher and student relationships have never been more difficult to police.

At Mead High School, while denying having a sexual relationship with a teacher, one 17-year-old student did admit that she and the teacher bonded over both having lost family members.

But there are clear rules that teachers and other school staff are supposed to follow, rules that may have been broken at Mead High School.

Staff members are not supposed to be alone with students, allow them in their homes, or visit students at their homes.

E-mails, texts or other electronic communications are allowed but only if it's related to school business.

Parents also have a role to play in this: Warning signs may include personal gifts from the teacher or asking to meet the student out for food or a movie.

You need to ask your kids questions about how they interact with their teacher and if they understand the boundaries.

According to the Spokane Public School District, their policy is clear on appropriate and inappropriate boundaries and presents guidelines for staff to follow to maintain those boundaries.

All new employees receive training on appropriate staff/student boundaries with weeks of their service and are required to take updated training every three years of their employment.

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