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Cell Phone and Electronic Device Policy

Board Policy

 

Cellular Phones and Other Mobile Communications devices  BP #5131

Students in middle and high school may possess or use on school campus personal electronic signaling devices provided that such devices do not disrupt the educational program or school activity and are not used for Illegal or unethical activities such as cheating on assignments or tests.

If a disruption occurs or a student uses any mobile communications device for improper activities, a school employee shall direct the student to tum off the device and/or shall confiscate it. If a school employee finds it necessary to confiscate a device, she or he shall return it at the end of the class period or school day. A student who violates this policy may be prohibited from possessing a mobile communications device at school or school-related events and/or may be subject to discipline in accordance with Board policy and administrative regulation.

 

Student Use of Technology BP #6163.4 (a-c)

 

The Governing Board intends that technological resources provided by the District be used in a safe, responsible, and proper manner in support of the instructional program and for the advancement of student learning.

The Superintendent or designee shall notify students and parents/guardians about authorized uses of District computers, user obligations and responsibilities, and consequences for unauthorized use and/or unlawful activities in accordance with District regulations and the District's Acceptable Use Agreement. The Superintendent or designee shall provide age-appropriate instruction regarding the District’s acceptable use agreement, including instruction on the safe use of social networking sites and other internet services including, but not limited to, the dangers of posting personal information online, misrepresentation by online predators, and how to report inappropriate or offensive content or threats.

The Superintendent or designee, with input from students and appropriate staff, shall regularly review this policy, the accompanying administrative regulation, and other relevant procedures to help ensure that the District adapts to  changing technologies and circumstances. The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that all District computers with Internet access have a technology protection measure that blocks or filters Internet access to visual depictions that are obscene, child pornography, or harmful to minors, and that the operation of such measures is enforced.

The Board desires to protect students from access to inappropriate matter on the Internet. The Superintendent or designee shall implement rules and procedures designed to restrict students’ access to harmful or inappropriate matter on the Internet. S/he also shall establish regulations to address the safety and security of students and student information when using email, chat rooms, and other forms of direct electronic communication.

 

Use of District Computers for Online Services/Internet Access

Student use of District computers to access social networking sites is prohibited. To the extent possible, the Superintendent or designee shall block access to such sites on District computers with Internet access.

Before using the District’s technological resources, each student and his/her parent/guardian shall sign and return an Acceptable Use Agreement specifying user obligations and responsibilities. In that agreement, the student and his/her parent/guardian shall agree not to hold the District or any District staff responsible for the failure of any technology protection measures, violations of copyright restrictions, or users’ mistakes or negligence. They shall also agree to indemnify and hold harmless the District and District personnel for any damages or costs incurred.

Staff shall supervise students while they are using online services and may ask teacher aides, student aides, and volunteers to assist in this supervision.