FILE:  JCDAE

Cf:  JD

 

ELECTRONIC TELECOMMUNICATION DEVICES

 

 

No student, unless authorized in writing by the school principal or his/her designee, shall use or operate with exceptions as listed below, any cell phone, camera, video tape recorder, digital recorder of any kind or electronic device, including but not limited to, iPODs, tape players, CD players, MP3 players etc. and their contents, any facsimile system, radio paging service, intercom, or electro-mechanical paging system in any elementary or secondary school building, or on the grounds thereof or on any school bus used to transport public school students during instructional school hours of operation.  A violation of these provisions may be grounds for disciplinary action, including but not limited to, suspension from school and/or recommendation for expulsion.  Nothing shall prohibit the use and operation by any person, including students, of any electronic device in the event of an emergency.  Emergency shall mean an actual or imminent threat to public health or safety which may result in loss of life, injury, or property damage.

 

EXCEPTIONS

 

Exceptions shall be as follows:

  1. Devices required for medical reasons (as noted by a physician) and acknowledged by the principal.
     

  2. Devices for emergency purposes such as ambulance or fire services (see #3).
     

  3. Any approved electronic device must have prior approval of the school principal before being used by a student during instructional school hours of operation or on a school bus while traveling to or from school.

 

VIOLATION GUIDELINES

 

The following guidelines shall be followed when a student is found to be using an unauthorized electronic device on a school campus, during instructional school hours of operation or on any school bus used to transport public school students during school hours of operation:

 

First Offense:

 

Unauthorized device shall be taken from the student. Students may be fined $5.00 for the first offense before the phone is returned.  The phone may be retained until the fine is paid.

 

Second Offense:    

 

The student may be disciplined (given in-school suspension or after-school detention).  The device may be retained by the principal or designee for a period of one school week and the student may be fined $10.00 for the second offense. The phone may be retained until the fine is paid.

 

Third Offense:

 

The student may be disciplined (given in-school suspension or after-school detention).  The device may be retained by the principal or designee for a period of one school week and the student may be fined $20.00 for the third offense. The phone may be retained until the fine is paid.
 

Fourth Offense:

 

The student may be disciplined (given in-school suspension or after-school detention).  The device may be retained by the principal or designee for a period of two school weeks and the student may be fined $40.00 for the fourth offense.  The phone may be retained until the fine is paid.

 

All Offenses after the fourth offense fines and time of phone retention shall double from the previous offense.

 

Offenses shall accumulate for the school year.

 

The phone number of the device shall be determined; if unable to secure a phone number for the device, the device must not be returned (the disciplinarian shall make every attempt to trace the ownership of the device.)  The Child Welfare and Attendance Supervisor shall be contacted concerning the incident.

 

DEFINITIONS

 

Use and operation shall mean whenever the electronic device is turned on or is visible.

 

Revised:  October 14, 2003

Revised:  May 10, 2006

Revised:  September 13, 2010

 

 

Ref:     La. Rev. Stat. Ann. ยงยง 17:239, 17:416, 17:416.1, 17:416.13

Board minutes, 10-14-03, 5-10-06, 9-13-10

 

Richland Parish School Board