The Missouri State Teachers Association says the new law concerning teacher-student online communication is too vague. Spokeswoman Aurora Meyer says there’s a gray area between when the bill goes into effect at the beginning of the school year and the January first deadline for schools to have a policy written.

She says one of the many questions the association has is where former students fit into this law. The law classifies a former student as 18 years old, or a graduate.

Meyer says other gray areas are in how this affects virtual schools. There is a provision in the law for work-related web sites that administrators and parents can also have access to, that allows student-teacher communication online. But Meyer says there will be a lot of questions that need to be answered before these school policies are written at the end of the year.