Updated: Apr 6, 2020
NEPN/NSBA Code: JFCK-R
STUDENT USE OF CELLULAR TELEPHONES AND OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICES
The Board recognizes that many students possess cell phones and other electronic devices. These devices may not be used at school or during school activities in any manner that disrupts the educational process or violates Board policies or school rules.
a. K-5 parents need to write a letter explaining the reason why the student should bring a cell phone to school.
b. During classes and school activities, all such devices must be turned off.
c. The only exception to this rule is when a staff member specifically authorizes students to use such a personal electronic device for a specific purpose (such as entering an assignment in PDA).
d. If this rule is violated, the staff member will immediately confiscate the device for the remainder of the school day, and discipline may be imposed as provided below.
e. Students may use MP3 players and cell phones while riding district buses at the discretion of the bus driver.
f. The use of cameras or camera/video function on any device, without permission, is strictly prohibited on school grounds or while engaged in school activities. Students are required to obtain permission before photographing or taking videos of any individual. Students are also required to obtain prior permission before posting any photos or videos of individuals taken at school on social media or elsewhere.
g. When on school premises, the use of personal electronic devices that violates Board policy, administrative procedure or school rule is prohibited. In addition, accessing, viewing, submitting, forwarding, downloading or displaying any materials that are defamatory, abusive, obscene, vulgar, sexually explicit, sexually suggestive, threatening, discriminatory, harassing, bullying and/or illegal is prohibited.
h. Student cell phones and other electronic devices may be subject to search if there is reasonable suspicion that a student is violating Board policies, procedures or school rules, or engaged in other misconduct. School administration may confiscate electronic devices for as long as necessary to complete their investigation.
1. The use of cameras, including camera phones, is strictly prohibited in locker rooms, restrooms and classrooms. In other school locations, students are required to obtain permission before photographing any individual.
2. Any use of cellular telephones and other electronic devices that violates any Board policy, administrative procedure or school rule is strictly prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to violations of the student code of conduct, harassment and cheating.
3. Students violating these rules will be subject to discipline, which may include:
a. Exclusion of the device from school for an extended period;
b. Sanctions ranging from detention to expulsion from school depending upon the nature of the offense and the student's disciplinary record.
Cross Reference: ACAA- Harassment and Sexual Harassment of Students
ACAA-R- Student Discrimination and Harassment Complaint Procedure
ACAB-Harassment and Sexual Harassment of School Employees
ACAB-R- Employee Discrimination and Harassment Complaint Procedure
JIH- Questioning and Searches of Students
JIH-R-Questioning and Searches of Students - Administrative Procedure
JFCK- Student Use of Cellular Telephones and Other Electronic Devices
Adopted: November 16, 2006
Revised: June 21, 2012
October 18, 2018