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CELL PHONE POLICY

1.  Students shall not use personal cell phones during the school day including lunch period or when actively involved in school activities before or after school. Cell phones should be turned “off” during these times.   Cell phones should not be visible during the students’ school day from 8:00-3:40; however, USD 294 will not be responsible for the loss or theft of cell phones on school property.  Any cellphones visible in pockets or out will be confiscated.  Cellphones need to be locked in lockers or in your vehicles. 

2.  Students found in violation of the above guidelines on first offense will have phone confiscated and parents called and phone will only be returned to parents.  The second offense will result in an In-School Suspension, and all subsequent offenses will result in an out-of-school suspension.

3.  Cell phone use by students while riding on regular school bus routes to and from school is not allowed as this time is considered part of the school day. Cell phones should be shut “off” while riding the bus to and from school. 

4.  Cell phones may be used by students on activity trips out of town, unless prohibited by the bus driver or sponsors involvedPicture phones are not allowed during activity trips due to the flash that distracts the drivers.  Students should remember, however, that the use of cell phones is a privilege and not a right, and they are encouraged to be respectful of those around them. Students should have cell phones turned “off” when participating in school activities such as athletic events, performances, etc.

5.  Trip sponsors may ask students carrying cell phones to provide their cell phone numbers in order to facilitate safety and communication during trips. However, students are not required to provide their cell phone numbers to sponsors.

6.  USD 294 will not be responsible for the loss or theft of cell phones while on school trips or during the school day.

7.  Cell phones are strictly prohibited in restrooms and locker rooms both in USD #294 schools and any school at which we are visitors.

8.  Students who intentionally create messages (picture, video, text, or voicemail) that violates the school’s code of conduct (such as messages that are pornographic, threatening, rude, discriminatory, or meant to harass) will be subject to immediate disciplinary action and may be referred to the proper authorities for criminal violations.

 

 

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