St. Johns Public Schools
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5136 - PERSONAL ELECTRONIC DEVICES

With limitations as outlined in AG 5136, students may use personal electronic devices (PEDs). A "personal electronic device" is a device that emits an audible signal, vibrates, displays a message, or otherwise summons or delivers a communication to the possessor. The following devices are examples of PEDs: cellular and wireless telephones (including camera phones), personal digital assistants (PDAs), BlackBerrys/Smartphones (iPhone, Android devices, Windows Mobile devices, etc.), Wi-Fi-enabled or broadband access devices, two-way radios or video broadcasting devices, computers, laptops, tablets (e.g., iPads and similar devices), electronic readers ("e-readers; e.g., Kindles and similar devices), and other devices that allow a person to record and/or transmit, on either a real time or delayed basis, sound, video or still images, text, or other information.

When use of PEDs is prohibited the devices must be powered completely off (not just placed in vibrate or silent mode) and kept out of reach.

In addition, students are not permitted to use PEDs including devices equipped with a camera to record/store/send/transmit the spoken word or visual image of any person, including other students or staff members, without the express consent of the staff person or under the supervision of a teacher or administrator. Students are not permitted to use PEDs to record/store/send/transmit the spoken word or visual image of any copyrighted materials while on school property or at a school-sponsored event. Students are not permitted to use PEDs to record/store/send/transmit 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 PEDs on school property or at a school-sponsored activity to access and/or view Internet websites that are otherwise blocked to students at school.

With prior approval of the building principal, the above prohibitions may be relaxed under the following circumstances:

 A.The student is using the PED for an educational or instructional purpose (e.g., taking notes, recording a class lecture, writing papers) with the teacher's permission and supervision. However, the use of any communication functionality of the PED is expressly prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, the PED’s wireless Internet access, peer-to-peer (ad-hoc) networking, or any other method of communication with other devices or networks, except those networks permitted via Policy 7542. The preceding prohibitions do not apply to District-owned and issued laptops, PDAs or authorized assistive technology devices.

 B.The student is involved in an extra-curricular activity after school hours and needs to communicate with his/her parent/guardian when the activity is ending so the student can be picked up.

No expectation of confidentiality will exist in the use of PEDs on school premises/property.

"Sexting" is prohibited at any time on school property or at school functions. Sexting is the electronic transmission of sexual messages or pictures, usually through cell phone text messaging. Such conduct not only is potentially dangerous for the involved students, but can lead to unwanted exposure of the messages and images to others, and could result in criminal violations related to the transmission or possession of child pornography. Such conduct will be subject to discipline and possible confiscation of the PED.

Students are prohibited from using a PED in any way that might reasonably create in the mind of another person an impression of being threatened, humiliated, harassed, embarrassed or intimidated. See Policy 5517.01 – Bullying and Other Aggressive Behavior Toward Students.

Possession of a PED by a student is a privilege that may be forfeited by any student who fails to abide by the terms of this policy, or otherwise engages in misuse of this privilege.

Violation of this policy can result in discipline ranging from a warning up to and including suspension or expulsion, and notification of law enforcement authorities. The particular discipline imposed will depend on the number of prior violations and the nature of the violation at issue. In addition, if a student violates this policy, his/her WCD may be confiscated. Under such circumstances, the PED will be released/returned to the student's parent/guardian after the student complies with any other disciplinary consequence that is imposed. In particular egregious offenses involving the invasion of another person's privacy, the Board reserves the right to confiscate the PED and hold it until the end of the school year. Confiscated devices will be marked in a removable manner with the student's name and held in a secure location in the building's central office until they are retrieved by the parent/guardian. While in District custody, students' PEDs will not be searched or otherwise tampered with unless exceptional circumstances are present (i.e. school officials reasonably suspect a student has violated the law or other school rules). Any search will be conducted in accordance with Board Policy 5771 – Search and Seizure. If multiple offenses occur, a student may lose his/her privilege to bring a PED to school for a designated length of time or on a permanent basis.

A person who discovers a student in possession of or using a PED in violation of this policy is required to report the violation to the building principal.

Students are personally and solely responsible for the technical support, care and security of their PEDs.

The Board assumes no responsibility for theft, loss, damage, or vandalism to PEDs brought onto its property, or unauthorized use of such devices.

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 3/22/04
Revised 1/28/08
Revised 1/25/10
Revised 12/13/10
Revised 5/14/12
Revised 1/30/13
Revised 3/11/13
Revised 11/25/13
Revised 7/6/15

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