The use of cell phones and personal electronic devices (PED) in the classroom can distract students from instruction, yet can be important to have accessible in case of emergency. With this in mind, the district has adopted a new personal electronic device policy 3246 and procedure 3246P which prohibit cell phone use in the classroom while still providing access for students in case of emergency.
Elementary and middle school students who choose to bring cell phones and other PEDs to school may only use them before or after the school day. During the school day, they must be powered off and stored (e.g., in the student’s backpack, locker, other district provided storage). There will be storage in the classroom so, in the event of an emergency, the cell phones will be accessible without leaving the classroom.
High school students who choose to bring cell phones and other PEDs to school may only use them during transition periods, at lunch, and before/after the school day. Students are expected to silence their cell phones and other PEDs before entering a classroom.
There is an exception for students having an IEP, 504 Plan, or Individual Health Care Plan (IHP) that includes specific accommodations for assistive technology, following the process outlined in the student’s IEP, 504 Plan, or IHP.