Student Use of Electronic Communication Devices

Student Use of Electronic Communication Devices
File: JICJ
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 (e.g.,
Blackberry, Palm Pilot, etc.)
Elementary and middle school 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,
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.
For high school students, the Board recognizes that cell phones and pagers can
often play a vital communications role during emergency situations. However,
the ordinary use of camera phones, video phones, cell phones, pagers, and other
personal electronic communication devices can be disruptive to the educational
process and is not acceptable. High school students may possess and use cell
phones during passing periods, breaks, and the lunch period. These devices
must be turned off during class time and those times when organized activities
are being held by a teacher/teachers (e.g. assemblies, field trips) without express
teacher permission. If a student desires to exit the class during the class period,
the student must surrender the electronic device to the teacher. Upon return to
the classroom, the devise will be returned. Violations of the above rule will result
in confiscation of the electronic devise and its subsequent transfer to the school
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.
10/11/07, 09/11/08
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File: JICJ
CROSS REFS.: JIC and subcodes, Student Conduct
JIH, Student Interrogations, Searches and Arrests
JK and subcodes, Student Discipline
Monte Vista School District No. C-8, Monte Vista, Colorado
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