The possession and use of Electronic Devices (E-Devices) is a privileged part of the educational experience. The school may revoke the privilege of possessing and using E-Devices at any time at its sole discretion. E-Devices include devices used to communicate, receive, send, store, record to listen to voice, text, digital, audio, video, photo, electronic, or internet/cyberspace data, images, and/or information which shall include but not be limited to cell phones, iPods, Bluetooth speakers, portable music players, game players, cameras, video cameras, smart watches, etc. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen cell phones or any other E-Devices, its programs or its contents.
- Cell phones may be carried by the student during the school day but must be carried in the off or silent mode, with the exception of time between classes and during the lunch hour.
- Cell phones MAY be used, viewed, listened to by students before and after school, during passing time, and during the student's lunch period. Additionally cell phones may be used in the classroom for academic purposes at the discretion of the teacher.
- Cell phones should be turned off and out of sight in academic settings when not employed for coursework. They are also not allowed in bathrooms, locker rooms, and the school health office (without permission of the health staff).
- In the event of illness at school, students must utilize the health office in order to facilitate parent contact. The school nurse is responsible for monitoring all dismissals due to illness.
- It is never acceptable to take photos or videos of others without their permission.
- It is never acceptable to send threatening or harassing text messages or phone calls.
- Cell phones are not to be used on exam days, unless the classroom instructor has developed a specific testing protocol necessitating their use.
Students who violate this policy regarding cell phones and electronic devices are subject to appropriate disciplinary consequences.
- First Offense: Warning by instructor.
- Second Offense: Confiscation by instructor; phone returned to student at the end of the class period.
- Third Offense: Confiscation by instructor; phone returned to student through Attendance Office at end of school day.
- Fourth Offense: Confiscation by instructor; Parent required to claim item from Assistant Principal.
If a student refuses to surrender electronic device to staff member, an Assistant Principal is called and incident is handled as insubordination. Students are subject to additional consequences for chronic offenses.
Occasionally students report to school administration that they have received inappropriate, intimidating, threatening and/or unwanted communication from a fellow student outside of school through social media. In some cases when this activity takes place off-campus, school sanctions do not apply. For this reason, parents are encouraged to closely monitor or curtail their students' use of social media. In serious situations, parents may need to contact the police directly and follow up with an informational call to the school.