Electronic Device Policy
Electronic Signaling Devices
Students may not use or possess electronic signaling (paging) devices or two-way radios on school property at any time, unless the building principal specifically grants permission.
Cell Phones and Other Electronic Devices
The possession and use of cell phones and other electronic devices, other than paging devices and two-way radios, are subject to the following protocols:
- They may not be used in any manner that will cause disruption to the educational environment or will otherwise violate student conduct rules.
- They remain in the “off” position and stored in a locker, backpack, purse, pocket, or other place where they are not visible during a regularly scheduled school day. A “regularly scheduled school day” is defined as the moment a student arrives on school grounds during a day school is in session until the last class has ended for all students.
- Buildings may designate specific areas in the school where cell phones and other electronic devices, other than paging devices and two-way radios, may be used during times other than a student’s instructional schedule during a regularly scheduled school day.
- Students shall be personally responsible for the security of their cell phone or other electronic devices. The district assumes no responsibility for theft, loss, or damage of such devices.
- Consequences A. Students who fail to comply with the policy and procedures regarding the possession and use of cell phones and other electronic devices, other than paging devices and two-way radios, shall be subject to the following set of consequences:
First Violation – The staff member will write a referral and the phone will be turned into the dean’s office. The dean or designee will meet with the student and the phone will be returned at the end of the school day.
Second Violation – The staff member will write a referral and the phone will be turned into the dean’s office. The dean or designee will conduct a parent/guardian conference. The phone will not be returned until the parent/guardian meets with the dean or designee.
Subsequent Violations – A referral will be written and alternative disciplinary action, including but not limited to the loss of privileges and the assignment of detentions may be imposed when deemed appropriate by the administration.
Students who fail to comply with the policy regarding paging devices and two-way radios will be disciplined according to the district’s standard discipline policy and/or referred to law enforcement agencies, where appropriate. Consequences for violating the Academic Integrity Policy are separate from, and in addition to, those assigned with violating the Electronic Devices Policy and Procedures.
Consequences leading up to and including suspension and expulsion will be considered for students using any electronic device, including a cell phone, personal digital assistant (PDA), or any other electronic device to take or transmit audio recordings or digital photographic images, pictures, or movies of an individual or individuals without their consent anywhere on school grounds or during a school-related activity.
Illinois Criminal Code (720 ILCS 5/260-4): It is unlawful for any person to knowingly videotape, photograph, or film another person without that person’s consent in locker rooms, changing rooms, restrooms, etc. Standard disciplinary procedures will apply.