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Cell Phone Expectations & Electronic Devices Policy

Cell Phone Expectations


Students are permitted to use their cell phones during the times indicated. Any use outside of these times will be considered a violation of the high school cell phone expectations.

Cell Phone Expectations:

  • Students may use their cell phones before homeroom and after dismissal.
  • Students may use their cell phones between classes and during lunch.
  • Students may not use their cell phones in class without the teacher's permission.
  • Students may not use their cell phones in the hallways during instructional time while going to the restroom/guidance/nurse.
  • Cell phones will be collected during common assessments.

Consequences or Disciplinary Actions:

  • Faculty and staff are encouraged to ask students to put away their cell phones if observed during inappropriate times.
  • If the student puts the phone away without incidence, the teacher may move forward without further action.
  • If the student does not comply, have a conversation privately with the student after class out of earshot of peers and remind them of the expectations.
  • If he or she exhibits the same behavior again, contact home and submit a discipline referral for insubordination. Be sure to document any/all interventions taken before submitting a discipline referral.

Electronic Devices Policy


All students are expected to read and review the district Electronic Devices Policy and be familiar with its parameters. Negligence, disobedience, or failure to abide by this policy may result in disciplinary action. The policy is explained below:

237. ELECTRONIC DEVICES


Authority 

The Board permits the use of personally owned electronic devices by staff and students during the school day in district buildings; on district property; on district buses and vehicles; and during the time students are under the supervision of the district under the guidelines established by the Superintendent or his/her designee.


 Purpose 

The Board believes that electronic devices have the ability to enhance learning and promote active, real-world applications and ultimately become powerful tools in learning. However, consistent with past philosophy, the Board supports the premise that students should have an educational environment free from unnecessary disruptions, distractions and threats. With this policy adoption (Policy 237) the Board has determined that the presence of personal electronic devices in schools have the potential to distract students from their primary purpose of receiving education and that all parties need to exercise good judgment in utilizing these devices at all times in the school environment. 


Definition 

Electronic devices shall include all devices that can take photographs; record audio or video data; store, transmit, or receive messages or images; or provide a wireless, unfiltered connection to the Internet. Examples of these electronic devices include, but shall not be limited to: CD players, iPods, MP3 players, DVDs, players, handheld game consoles, e-Readers, Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), “smart” cellular telephones, Blackberries, iPads and other tablets, and laptop computers, as well as any new technology developed with similar capabilities. 


Guidelines 

Building principals may authorize the use of personal electronic devices in their buildings, for instructional and non-instructional purposes. In buildings where such use is authorized, students may use personal electronic devices in the classroom during the school day for instructional purposes, only if they have the prior permission of the teacher to do so.

 If the building administrator has authorized common area use in that particular building, students may also use personal electronic devices during non-instructional times during the school day, which include homeroom, study halls, lunch periods and the time between classes. Students shall not use personal electronic devices in locker rooms, lavatories or the nurses’ office. Students shall not engage in the unauthorized audio or video recording of another person during the school day. 

Per Board policy, students shall not use personal electronic devices to bully, harass or threaten another person in violation of school policy and rules, or local, state or federal law. Students shall not use personal electronic devices to take, display or transfer video images depicting nude or partially nude individuals (sexting). Students who have received such images, and who are not otherwise involved in the taking or distribution of such images, may report such activity to school officials without violating this policy.

 Taking photographs of or recording students or staff members without their permission is not allowed. 

Students may use personal electronic devices outside of the school day, on school property, including school buses, so long as such use does not: 

  1. Disrupt school activities. 
  2. Violate any of the prohibitions set forth in this policy.
  3. Violate state or federal law.
  4. Violate any other Board policy or directive associated with a student’s participation in interscholastic athletics, extracurricular activities or school-sponsored trips.

There shall be no prohibited use of electronic devices where there has been prior administration approval for the device(s) in the following cases: 

  1. A student who is a member of a volunteer fire company, ambulance or rescue squad that requires the device to perform his/her duties.
  2. A student who has a need for a device due to a medical condition or an Individual Education Program (IEP).
  3. Other reasons determined to be appropriate by the Superintendent or his/her designee in cooperation with the building principal.
Students and staff are solely responsible for safe storage and maintenance of personal electronic devices that they bring to school. Donegal School District will not be held responsible for any physical damage, loss or theft of personal devices or for data loss. The district is not responsible for providing power to personal devices on the Guest Wireless Network.


Responsible Use 

All students and employees are required to use electronic devices in accordance with the district’s acceptable use policy (AUP), anti-bullying (cyber bullying) and other pertinent district policies. Any violations may lead to prohibited use of devices as well as the district network, arrest, and fines subject to the law.

 No electronic devices may be tethered to the district’s wired or wireless network infrastructure without prior approval of the IT Department. The Board prohibits the taking, storing, disseminating, transferring, viewing, or sharing of obscene, pornographic, lewd, or otherwise illegal images or photographs, whether by electronic data transfer or other means, including but not limited to texting and emailing. Because such violations may constitute a crime under state and/or federal law, the district may report such conduct to local, state and/or federal law enforcement agencies. 

The Superintendent or his/her designee shall establish discipline guidelines to enforce this policy.

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