(Brd. Pol. #5136)
Students may use personal
communication devices (PCDs) before and after school, during after school
activities (e.g., extra-curricular activities) at school-related functions. Use
of PCDs, except those approved by a teacher or administrator, at any other time
is prohibited and they must be powered completely off (i.e., not just placed
into vibrate or silent mode) and stored out of sight.
Personal communication devices
include computers, tablets, electronic readers, mobile telephones and similar
devices of any type. Students may not use PCDs on school property or at a
school-sponsored activity to access and/or view internet web sites that are
otherwise blocked to students at school, or on a school bus or Board-provided
vehicle during school-sponsored activities, at the discretion of the bus
driver, classroom teacher sponsor/advisor/coach. Distracting behavior that
creates an unsafe environment will not be tolerated.
Also, during after school
activities, PCDs shall be powered completely off (not just placed into vibrate
or silent mode) and stored out of sight when directed by the administrator or
Except as authorized by a
teacher, administrator or IEP team, students are prohibited from using PCDs
during the school day, including while off-campus on a field trip, to capture,
record and/or transmit the words or sounds (i.e., audio) and/or images (i.e.,
pictures/video) of any student, staff member or other person. Using a PCD to
capture, record and/or transmit audio and/or pictures/video of an individual
without proper consent is considered an invasion of privacy and is not
permitted. Students who violate this provision and/or use a PCD to violate the
privacy rights of another person may have their PCD confiscated and held until
the end of the school day or a parent/guardian picks it up, and may be directed
to delete the audio and/or picture/video file. If the violation involves
potentially illegal activity the confiscated-PCD may be turned over to law
PCDs, including but not limited
to those with cameras, may not be activated or utilized at any time in any
school situation where a reasonable expectation of personal privacy exists.
These locations and circumstances include, but are not limited to, classrooms,
gymnasiums, locker rooms, shower facilities, restrooms, and any other areas
where students or others may change clothes or be in any stage or degree of
disrobing or changing clothes. The Superintendent and building principals are
authorized to determine other specific locations and situations where use of a
PCD is prohibited.
Students shall have no
expectation of confidentiality with respect to their use of PCDs on school
Students may not use a PCD in
any way that might reasonably create in the mind of another person an
impression of being threatened, humiliated, harassed, embarrassed or
intimidated. In particular, students are prohibited from using PCDs to: (1)
transmit material that is threatening, obscene, disruptive, or sexually
explicit or that can be construed as harassment or disparagement of others
based upon their race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation,
disability, age, religion, ancestry, or political beliefs; and (2) engage in
"sexting" - i.e., sending, receiving, sharing, viewing, or possessing
pictures, text messages, e-mails or other materials of a sexual nature in
electronic or any other form. Violation of these prohibitions shall result in
disciplinary action. Furthermore, such actions will be reported to local law
enforcement and child services as required by law.
Students are also prohibited from
using a PCD to capture, record, and/or transmit test information or any other
information in a manner constituting fraud, theft, cheating, or academic
dishonesty. Likewise, students are prohibited from using PCDs to receive such
Possession of a PCD by a
student at school during school hours and/or during extra-curricular activities
is a privilege that may be forfeited by any student who fails to abide by the
terms of this policy, or otherwise abuses this privilege.
Violations of this policy may
result in disciplinary action and/or confiscation of the PCD. The building
principal will also refer the matter to law enforcement or child services if
the violation involves an illegal activity (e.g., child pornography, sexting).
Discipline will be imposed on an escalating scale ranging from a warning to an
expulsion based on the number of previous violations and/or the nature of or
circumstances surrounding a particular violation. If the PCD is confiscated, it
will be released/returned to the student's parent/guardian after the student
complies with any other disciplinary consequences that are imposed, unless the
violation involves potentially illegal activity in which case the PCD may be
turned-over to law enforcement. School officials will not search or otherwise
tamper with PCDs in District custody unless they reasonably suspect that the
search is required to discover evidence of a violation of the law or other
school rules. If multiple offenses occur, a student may lose his/her privilege
to bring a PCD to school for a designated length of time or on a permanent
A person who discovers a
student using a PCD in violation of this policy is required to report the
violation to the building principal.
Students are personally and
solely responsible for the care and security of their PCDs. The Board assumes
no responsibility for theft, loss, or damage to, or misuse or unauthorized use
of, PCDs brought onto its property.
Parents/Guardians are advised
that the best way to get in touch with their child during the school day is by
calling the school office.
may use school phones to contact parents/guardians during the school day.