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Cell phone policy for Lexington 3

USE OF CELL PHONES, TELECOMMUNICATION, AND PAGING DEVICES IN SCHOOLS

Code JICJ Issued 7/07

Purpose: To establish the basic rules for student possession and use of cell phones, telecommunication devices, and paging devices in schools. For the purpose of this policy, any cell phone, telecommunication or paging device that emits an audible signal, vibrates, displays a message, or otherwise summons or delivers a communication to another person is covered by this policy.

Students are allowed to possess cell phones, telecommunication and paging devices at school if they are turned off and out of sight during school hours and not used while riding on school buses to and from school. On field trips and school sponsored activities away from school a student may use their cell phone, telecommunication, or paging device only during times designated by the administrator, teacher, or parent in charge of the activity.

A student who is a volunteer firefighter or volunteer member of an emergency service team may possess and use a cell phone during the school day if the communication is part of his or her duties. A student, who has an ongoing medical condition and is required by a doctor to be able to communicate in a medical emergency, may possess and use a cell phone, telecommunication device or pager. To qualify, a student must provide proper documentation and be pre-approved by the principal each academic school year.

Any student who wishes to carry a cell phone, telecommunication, or paging device must register the device with the school according to the school’s designated procedures within the first ten days of entering school each academic year. Students are not allowed to possess or use a cell phone, telecommunication, or paging device other than the one registered. Students are also not allowed to possess or use temporary or disposable phones, telecommunication or paging devices. The use by a student of an ear piece connected via a wired or wireless connection to a cell phone, telecommunication or paging device during school hours or on a school bus is prohibited. Any violation of this section of this policy will result in confiscation of the device and/or ear piece. The owner will be allowed to retrieve the device or earpiece from the school after making an appointment for the week following the incident. For the remainder of the academic school year the student will not be allowed to possess or use a cell phone, a telecommunication or paging device on school grounds or while traveling on a school bus. Any violation of this directive will result in further disciplinary action.

Should a cell phone, telecommunication device, or a paging device be visible, emit an audible signal, display a message or otherwise summon or deliver communication, all owners of the telecommunications units that are on will be subject to the following disciplinary action.

1st Offense: The device will be confiscated. A parent or guardian may retrieve the device from the school after making an appointment with an administrator for the week following the incident.

2nd Offense: The devise will be confiscated. It will be returned to a parent/guardian the last week of the academic school year. For the remainder of the academic school year the student will not be allowed to possess or use a cell phone, a telecommunication or paging device on school grounds or on a school bus. Any violation of this directive will result in further disciplinary action.

Use of a cell phone, telecommunication or paging device to cheat on a test or assignment will result in the device being confiscated and returned to the parent or guardian during the last week of the academic school year. The student will be subject to the school’s cheating policy as stated in the student handbook. For the remainder of the school year the student will not be allowed to possess or use a cell phone, a telecommunication or paging device on school grounds or on a school bus. Any violation of this directive will result in further disciplinary action.

Any use of a cell phone, telecommunication or paging device to bully, cause a major school disruption, invade personal privacy, or to publicize or glorify inappropriate activities at school will cause the device to be confiscated and returned during the last week of school. Depending on the nature and severity of the offense, the student will receive either long term suspension or be expelled from school.

During a school emergency drill, an actual school emergency or school lockdown, students are discouraged from communicating information to other persons unless cleared by the school administration. It is highly likely that a student may have only partial knowledge or incorrect information that may be inaccurate. If circulated, inaccurate information can make a situation much worse or endanger others. For this reason, during a school emergency or lockdown, the school or district administration will communicate to students and parents directly or through the emergency phone system as soon as humanly possible. In the event, however, that a student is personally in danger or knows of others who may be in danger, the student is encouraged to use his/her cell phone, telecommunication or paging device to contact the school administration immediately for assistance.

Adopted 5/11/99; Revised 7/10/07.__________________________________________________________________

Legal references:

A. S.C. Code:1. Section 59-63-280 - Possession of paging devices by public school students under age 18 prohibited.

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