Student Use of Electronic Communication Devices
The Board of Education recognizes that electronic communication devices can play a vital communication role during emergency situations. However, ordinary use of electronic communication devices in school situations disrupts and interferes with the educational process and is not acceptable. For purposes of this policy, “electronic communication devices” include cell phones, beepers, pagers, walkie-talkies, and any other telecommunications device that emits an audible signal, vibrates, displays a message, or otherwise summons or delivers a communication to the possessor.
Students may carry electronic communication devices but these devices must be turned off inside school buildings, on school buses, at school-sponsored activities and on field trips. In these locations, electronic communication devices may be used only during emergencies. For purposes of this policy, “emergency” shall mean an actual or imminent threat to public health or safety, which may result in loss of life, injury or property damage.
Electronic communication devices with cameras are prohibited in locker rooms, bathrooms, or other locations where such operation may violate the privacy rights of another person.
It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the device is turned off and out of sight during unauthorized times. Violation of this policy and/or use that violates any other district policy shall result in disciplinary measures and confiscation of the electronic communication device. Confiscated devices shall be returned to the student only after a conference with the parent/guardian, student and school personnel. The building principal or designee may also refer the matter to law enforcement, as appropriate.
The district shall not be responsible for loss, theft or destruction of electronic communication devices brought onto school property.
Adoption date: September 22, 2014
CROSS REFS.: JIC and subcodes, Student Conduct
JIH, Student Interrogations, Searches and Arrests
JK and subcodes, Student Discipline