Morgan County Schools
Bylaws & Policies
 

5136 - CELLULAR TELEPHONES AND ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION DEVICES

Student possession of telephone paging devices (e.g., beepers or pagers) is prohibited on school grounds, at school sponsored events, and on school buses or other vehicles provided by the County. Students may not use cellular telephones, including camera phones, or other electronic communication devices (ECDs) (e.g., laser pointers and attachments, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and other devices designed to receive and send an electronic signal) during the school day. Cellular telephones and ECDs must be kept out of sight and turned off (not just placed in vibrate or silent mode) during the school day. In addition, students are not permitted to use cellular telephones, including camera phones, or ECDs to record/store/send/transmit the spoken work or visual image of any person, including other students or staff members, or educational instrument/document (e.g., test, quiz, etc.) any time while on school property or at a school-sponsored event. Finally, students may not use cellular telephones or ECDs 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.

Violation of this policy can result in discipline up to and including suspension or expulsion, and notification of law enforcement authorities. In addition, if a student violates this policy, his/her cellular telephone or other ECD may be confiscated. Under such circumstances, the cellular telephone or ECD will be released/returned to the studentís parent/guardian after the student complies with any other disciplinary consequence that is imposed.

The student who possesses a cellular telephone or ECD is responsible for its care.

The Board is not responsible for preventing theft, loss, damage, or vandalism to cellular telephones or ECDs 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.

Students may use school phones to contact parents/guardians during the school day.

Adopted 9/09