Personal Electronic Devices
The school teachers and administrators believe that modern technology has a major role to play in the education arena and when used properly can produce many benefits for students, teachers and others. However, while many benefits are possible, we realize that such technology can also be the cause of many distractions through misuse. Therefore, this policy has been developed to give guidance to all segments of the leaders preparatory School with respect to the use of cell phones and other electronic devices.
It is the position of the school principal that students are not allowed to have cell phones or other electronic devices in their possession during the regular school day or while being transported on regular route school buses. (Unless the teachers request laptop, tablets, I pad or others) Some electronic devices may be carried on activity trips with pre approval of the principal. Emergency phone calls can always be made or received through the school’s main office; therefore cell phones are not needed. If parents must contact their child, they should call the school office. Messages from parents to their child will be relayed as requested.
Students found to be in violation of this policy will have cell phones and other game or electronic signaling device confiscated by school staff. Devices that are confiscated will be held according to the following schedule:
- 1st time—Parent may pickup the device the following school day following a parent conference with the principal or his/her designee
- 2nd time—Parent may pick up the device after it has been held for one week following a parent conference with the principal or his/her designee
- 3rd time—Parent may pick up the device after it has been held for 30 days following a parent conference
- 4th time—Parent may pick up the device at the end of the school year
Students who allow electronic devices to become a distraction, use them to attempt cheating on tests, to bully or intimidate others, to take unauthorized photographs without consent or similar activities, may face disciplinary measures beyond just confiscation. Any violation of this policy may also, at the discretion of the principal result in additional disciplinary action. Other disciplinary action may include work detention, after school detention, in-school suspension, out of school suspension, assignment of demerits or other disciplinary action based on the disciplinary ladder.
If a school staff member finds it necessary to confiscate a device, it will be turned in to a school administrator who will handle the device in accord with school policy. While every effort will be made to maintain and return confiscated items, the school is not responsible for lost or stolen electronic signaling devices in light of the fact that such items are not allowed at school.
Students are not to use material or text message to invade personal privacy or harass another person, or disrupt the instructional day, or engage in dishonest acts. The following are inappropriate uses of electronic signaling devices:
- Electronic forgery,
- Cyber-bullying /cyber-threats,
- Invasion of personal rights,
- Cheating on tests/exams,
- Or other forms of illegal behavior during instructional and non-instructional day.
STAFF USE OF CELL PHONES
Teachers are allowed to possess cell phones at the school site. However, cell phone use by teachers must adhere to the following guidelines:
- When teachers are in the classroom cell phones must be in the off position.
- Phone calls can be made and received during planning time but may not be made from or received in the classroom or the hallway. An area designated by the principal such as the teacher’s lounge is to be used.
- Teachers expecting a phone call during class time should inform the expected caller to direct his or her phone call to the school office. If there is a message to be left, the office staff will see that the message is delivered. If the message constitutes an emergency, the teacher will be summoned to the office to receive the call with appropriate coverage provided for the teacher’s class.
- Cell phones should be placed in the off position during school meetings unless permission has been granted by the principal to receive an expected phone call.
- If students are not present in the school setting following dismissal or teachers are not engaged in school related meetings, they are free to utilize personal cell phones at any location or time as long it does not interfere with school related tasks. The exception to this would be if the principal has requested that cell phones are not to be used at a given time or location.
LPS views it as being inappropriate for teachers and other staff to use electronic signaling devices to communicate with individual students or small groups of students. This would include such procedures as sending text messages or emails to students.