District Five Cell Phone/Pager Policy
Cell phones and paging devices cannot be visible, turned on, or used during the school day, in the school building, or on school buses before, during, or after school. The school day begins at 7:00 am and concludes at 3:25 pm. Confiscated cell phones maybe picked up by a parent between 8:15 am and 4:30 pm.Violations of Cell Phone Policy:1st Offense – Confiscation, parent conference, sign letter and return device to parents2nd Offense – Confiscation of device for 9 weeks and parent conference3rd Offense – Confiscation of device for the remainder of the school year and parent conference
Cell Phone Policy Legal Reference
The relevant state law, quoted below, provides that a board of trustees may adopt a policy that includes confiscation of a paging device, etc, so long as the policy also provides for the return of the device to its owner. There is no requirement that the device be returned immediately. District Five current practice is consistent with the approach other school districts take regarding these devices.
SECTION 59-63-280. "Paging device" defined; adoption of policies addressing student possession.
(A) For purposes of this section, "paging device" means a telecommunications, to include mobile telephones, device that emits an audible signal, vibrates, displays a message, or otherwise summons or delivers a communication to the possessor.
(B) The board of trustees of each school district shall adopt a policy that addresses student possession of paging devices as defined in subsection (A). This policy must be included in the district"s written student conduct standards. If the policy includes confiscation of a paging device, as defined in subsection (A) it should also provide for the return of the device to the owner.