Earlier this year, Lindbergh School District officials were evaluating how to best use social media in the classroom.
"We were going around to each school and asking teachers how they used Facebook and social media," Lindbergh spokesperson Beth Cross said.
Senate Bill 54, also known as the Amy Hestir Student Protection Act, or more popularly, the "Facebook Law," goes into effect Aug. 28.
The law, sponsored by state Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, requires Missouri school districts to develop and institute policies regulating electronic communication between educators and students by Jan. 1, 2012.
The law was designed to prevent inappropriate sexual contact between teachers and students.
Cross said Lindbergh teachers often set up Facebook pages for their individual classrooms.
Steve Brotherton, superintendent for the Affton School District, said he has notified teachers they may no longer have "one on one" contact through social media sites such as Facebook.
The Missouri State Teachers Association has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of portions of the law.
In the Hancock Place School District, Superintendent Kevin Carl said his district is performing a balancing act.
"We want to discourage (teachers) from becoming friends with students on Facebook and texting," he said. What the bill does prohibit is a teacher giving a student exclusive access to a personal website where third parties have no access.
Goldammer said the MSBA will draft a model policy dealing with electronic communication for school districts to adopt this fall.
Until then, districts will balance the benefits of social media with concerns about the new law.
A teacher in Missouri is suing the state over a new law that stops teachers contacting their students over the internet - arguing the legislation will make it illegal for her to chat with her own child on Facebook.
Students are defined as anyone under 18 who attends or used to attend the school where the teacher works. 'No teacher shall establish, maintain, or use a nonwork-related internet site which allows exclusive access with a current or former student.
The measure immediately drew mixed reactions among the state's teachers, students and parents.
Republican State Senator Jane Cunningham, who sponsored the bill, told The Huffington Post earlier this month that the measure seeks to discourage exclusive communication between teachers and students who lacks parent or school official supervision.
Most recently, the Missouri State Teachers Association filed a suit on Friday against the state to block the social networking restrictions part of the law.
'The teachers I know who communicate with students through Facebook have a large number of parents as 'friends' and most of the communication with students is done on the Facebook wall,' Turner wrote.