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Cell Phone Policy

posted Mar 16, 2015, 10:27 AM by Neil McNeill

As you know, the ban on cell phones has been lifted.  This simply means that students are permitted to carry their cell phones with them.  It does not mean that they are allowed to use them in school.  Since the ban has been lifted, we have seen an increase in cell phone usage in the school.

As per the Chancellor's directive, we could either keep our policy the same or we could secure students'  phones each morning and return them in the afternoon.  We have chosen to keep our cell phone policy the same.  This means:

  • Students may have their cell phones with them but they may not use them inside of the school.
  • If a phone is seen for any reason, it can be confiscated by staff members. These items will be placed in a secure location.
  • On the first infraction, a parent may come to the school to collect the cell phone.  It will not be given back to the student.
  • If there is a second infraction, it will be returned to the parent at the end of the traditional semester (Feb. 1st or June 30th).
  • If there is a third infraction, the cell phone will not be returned until the end of the school year.
We respect parents' desire to have access to their child for safety reasons.  This is not something that we wish to prevent, however, it is critical that you speak with your children concerning why you gave them their cell phone and when it is appropriate to use it.  Please encourage them to turn it off and secure it before the enter the school building.  Additionally, if they forget to turn it off, we ask that you encourage them to ask permission from their classroom teacher to take it out and shut it off before they get a call or message that interrupts learning and results in their phone being confiscated.  

Furthermore, students bring cell phones and other electronics to school at their own risk.  The school will not be held liable for lost or stolen items.**

We thank you for your continued support with the policy.
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