Students may use personal devices (PDs) in school, on school property, during after school activities (e.g., extra-curricular activities) and at school-related functions.
Technology including, but not limited to: mobile phones, smart phones, and any school issued PDs intended for instructional purposes.
However, the use of a PD to engage in non-education related communications is expressly prohibited. For purposes of this policy, “personal device” specifically includes computers, tablets, chrome books (e.g., iPads and similar devices), electronic readers (“e-readers”; e.g., Kindles and similar devices), cell phones (e.g., mobile/cellular telephones), smartphones, (e.g., BlackBerry, iPhone, Android devices, Windows Mobile devices, etc.) and/or other web-enabled devices of any type.
Students may not use PDs on school property or at a school-sponsored activity to access and/or view Internet web sites that are otherwise blocked to students at school.
Students may use PDs while riding to and from school on a school bus or other Academy-provided. Under certain circumstances, a student may keep his/her PD “On” with prior approval from the building principal.
PDs, including but not limited to those with cameras, may not be activated or utilized at any time in any school situation where a reasonable expectation of personal privacy exists.
Administrators are authorized to determine other specific locations and situations where use of a PD is absolutely prohibited. Students shall have no expectation of confidentiality with respect to their use of PDs on school premises/property.
Students may not use a PD in any way that might reasonably create in the mind of another person an impression of being threatened, humiliated, harassed, embarrassed or intimidated.
Bullying and Other Forms of Aggressive Behavior. In particular, students are prohibited from using PDs to:
- Transmit messages or material that is threatening, obscene, disruptive, or sexually explicit or that can be construed as harassment or disparagement of others based upon their race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, ancestry, or political beliefs; and
- Engage in “sexting”- i.e. sending, receiving, sharing, viewing, or possessing pictures, text messages, e-mails or other materials of a sexual nature in electronic or any other form.
Violation of these prohibitions shall result in disciplinary action. Furthermore, such actions will be reported to local law enforcement and child services as required by law.
Students are also prohibited from using a PD to capture, record, and/or transmit test information or any other information in a manner constituting fraud, theft, cheating, or academic dishonesty. Likewise, students are prohibited from using PDs to receive such information.
Possession of a PD by a student at school during school hours is a privilege that may be forfeited by any student who fails to abide by the terms of this policy, or otherwise abuses this privilege.
Violations of this policy may result in disciplinary action and/or confiscation of the PD. The Principal will also refer the matter to law enforcement or child services if the violation involves an illegal activity (e.g., child pornography, sexting).
Discipline will be imposed on an escalating scale ranging from a warning to an expulsion based on the number of previous violations and/or the nature of or circumstances surrounding a particular violation.
If the PD is confiscated, it will be released/returned to the student’s parent/guardian after the student complies with any other disciplinary consequences that are imposed, unless the violation involves potentially illegal activity in which case the PD may be turned-over to law enforcement.
A confiscated device will be marked in a removable manner with the student’s name and held in a secure location in the administration office until it is retrieved by the parent/guardian or turned-over to law enforcement.
School officials will not search or otherwise tamper with PDs in custody unless they reasonably suspect that the search is required to discover evidence of a violation of the law or other school rules.
If multiple offenses occur, a student may lose his/her privilege to bring a PD to school for a designated length of time or on a permanent basis.
A person who discovers a student using a PD in violation of this policy is required to report the violation to the Principal. Students are personally and solely responsible for the care and security of their PDs.
The Academy assumes no responsibility for theft, loss, or damage to, or misuse or unauthorized use of, PDs brought onto its property. Parents/Guardians are advised that the best way to get in touch with their child during the school day is by calling the school office.