Preston County Board of Education Cell Phone Policy
FILE: 11-45 Student Possession and use of Electronic Signaling and other Devices
Cell phones are a major problem on school campuses across the country. Ringing cell phones are disruptive during class time. Camera phones and text messaging are used to cheat on quizzes and tests. Phones may be stolen, loaned to other students, may be lost or broken and may exacerbate crisis situations. The use of cell phones at school is detrimental to the academic climate because it takes valuable time away from instruction and creates disciplinary problems.
Commencing with the 2012-2013 school year, students will be allowed to carry electronic signaling devices that operate via radio waves including, but not limited to, pagers, cellular phones or Blackberrys at school with the following stipulations:
- The school will not be responsible for lost, stolen or damaged electronic signaling devices;
- Electronic signaling devices are to be power-off mode at the start of the school day;
- Electronic signaling devices are to be in power-off mode while in transit on school buses;
- Electronic signaling devices may not be left on in vibrating mode during the school day or while in transit on school buses;
- Use of electronic signaling devices at any time during the school day will result in the following actions by school administrators:
1st offense—the student will surrender the cell phone or other electronic device to the teacher who will give it to the principal. The student may request the principal return the device to him/her at the end of the school day.
2nd offense—the student will surrender the cell phone or other electronic device to the teacher who will give it to the principal. The parent/guardian may request the principal return the device to him/her coming to the principal’s office for a conference.
3rd offense—when students are observed by teachers violating the provisions of this policy for a third time, they shall surrender the device to the teacher who will give the device to the principal. The principal shall provide the student with a receipt for the device and s/he shall notify the parent/guardian that the device has been surrendered. The parent/guardian will be informed at this time that the device must be left at home for the remainder of the school term.
A subsequent offense will result in the confiscation of the device and other penalties the school administrators deem appropriate.