J. CELL PHONES AND ELECTRONIC DEVICES: A "personal communication device" (PCD) such as a cell phone, is a device that emits an audible signal, vibrates, displays a message or otherwise summons or delivers a communication to the possessor. A personal electronic device is a device that can be used as a camera, a recorder, a player, or any such item that electronically transmits or receives a signal, image, sound file, data file or message. Students may possess personal communication devices, while on school property or while attending a school-sponsored activity on or off school property during school hours.
PCDs and personal electronic devices including but not limited to CD players, iPods, MP3 players, netbooks, laptop or notebook computers or iPads must be properly stored, turned off, and not visible. The use of the devices during class-time is forbidden unless approved for an academic activity by the principal or the principal’s designee. This is not intended to discourage the use of these devices for instructional purposes, but to establish parameters and appropriate oversight for their use. Improper use or storage of PCDs and electronic devices may result in confiscation of the device until it can be released directly to a student’s parents and/or guardians. A student in violation of this policy is subject to related disciplinary action. The principal or the principal’s designee may grant a student permission to use a PCD during class time for a specific academic purpose or at other times for other purposes that the principal deems appropriate.
In addition to the parameters established above, A PCD used outside these parameters may result in confiscation of the PCD until it can be released directly to the student's parent or guardian. A student who possesses a PCD, in violation of this policy, is subject to related disciplinary action. Continued or flagrant violations of this policy may result in loss of PCD privileges as well as related disciplinary action. Use of a PCD or other electronic device to bully, harass or intimidate others will be subject to related disciplinary action. Using a PCD or other electronic device for any illicit activity including but not limited to take, disseminate, transfer, or share obscene, pornographic, lewd, or otherwise illegal images, photographs, or similar material whether by electronic data transfer or otherwise may constitute a crime under State and/or Federal law. Any student taking, disseminating, transferring, possessing or sharing obscene, pornographic, lewd, illegal, or otherwise in appropriate images or photographs of other students or any other under age individual at school, on a school bus or while attending any school event or activity will be subject to the disciplinary procedures of the school district and reported to law enforcement and other appropriate State or Federal agencies.
Neither the McMinn County Board of Education nor its employees shall be responsible for the loss, theft, or damage of a personal communication or electronic device.
1st offense: ED’s and/or earbuds will be taken up and parent/custodial guardian will be called to pick up ED and sign the agreement.
2nd offense: Two (2) days in-school suspension or ED will be kept by the administration for a period of twenty (20) days.
3rd offense: Three (3) days in-school suspension or ED will be kept by the administration for a period of thirty (30) days.
4th offense: Four (4) days in-school suspension or ED will be kept by the administration for a period of forty (40) days.
5th offense: Student will lose ED privileges for rest of the school year.