Cell Phone Policy

Possession of Personal Telecommunication Devices: -- 9076

A "personal telecommunications device" means a telecommunication device that emits an audible signal, vibrates, displays a message, or otherwise summons or delivers a communication to the possessor, or another person including but not limited to a paging device, a cellular telephone, MP-3 players, i-Pods, iPads, notebooks, netbooks, tablet computers and e-readers.

At the discretion of the principal, personal telecommunication devices may be used during the instructional day. Otherwise, unless the student is in attendance in the capacity of an active member of a volunteer fire fighting organization or a volunteer emergency medical services organization, students possessing such devices must have them turned off, not displayed, and not in use or the student will be subject to discipline for being disruptive to the educational environment and student safety and will be required to forfeit the device. In accordance with Transportation Department rules, students may use cell phones or other electronic devices while riding a bus, motor coach or van provided by the OCBE as long as the device is on silent mode. This policy shall not prohibit students from using personal telecommunications devices for educational purposes when such use is authorized by the teacher for an instructional activity.

Any school employee, including a bus driver, who discovers a student using a personal telecommunications device in violation of the policy, shall report it to an administrator at the school. Non-certified employees shall not take possession of device. The student shall turn the device over to a teacher or Administrator upon request. For each violation, disciplinary consequences will be within the discretion of the principal, based on the district Code of Acceptable Behavior and Discipline and may include but not be limited to:

  • treated as defiance of authority (detention, Saturday school, etc. per school policy)
  • forfeiture of the device for 7 days and return of device to parents*
  • prohibition of bringing devices to school

As the number of offenses accumulates, the severity of the consequence may increase based on school policy *Parents may pick-up the forfeited devices at the school their child attends during normal business hours. Any device not retrieved by a parent by June 30th shall be donated to a charitable organization.

Disciplinary consequences for the violation are within the discretion of the principal, based on the district Code of Conduct, a/k/a the Code of Acceptable Behavior and Discipline.