Electronic Devices

Electronic Devices

Electronic Devices


Personal electronic devices such as cell phones, iPods, MP3 players and similar devices are a part of modern society and the school recognizes that many students will possess them. However, their application and relevance to learning are limited. Teachers and students have a right to teach and learn in an environment free from interruption from such devices.
 
Cell phones, iPods, MP3 players and similar devices in school present a number of challenges. Our policy tries to allow for sensible student use of such devices while addressing these challenges and maintaining an environment that is ideal for teaching and learning.

Students are not permitted to use any form of information technology, including their own personal electronic devices, to intimidate, harass or threaten others. This type of harassment is generally referred to as cyber bullying. If a student violates this prohibition, then he/she is subject to discipline under this provision and/or any other provision in the District Code of Conduct that may be applicable to the circumstances involved.
 
A. Cell Phones, iPods/MP3 Players and similar devices:
  1. “Away for the day”- meaning that these devices will be put away in backpacks or lockers for the duration of the instructional day. This impacts Elementary, Middle School and High School (where there is an exception at lunch time)
  2. May be permitted by the teacher during class. Students may not have these devices out without the classroom teacher’s permission.
  3. Not allowed at any time in private areas on school grounds such as bathrooms and locker rooms.
  4. Recording functions on personal electronic devices used to take photos, video, or audio recordings are not to be used during the school day without permission of a teacher.
 
B.  Cell Phones, iPods, MP3 Players and similar devices on School Buses
  1. Use is permitted provided students use ear pieces or headphones for music and they do not distract the driver or disturb other students.
 
C. Violations of the Personal Electronic Devices Policy
  1. 1st Offense – device is confiscated and given to the Building Principal/Assistant Principal/Dean of Students. The device will be returned to the student after a warning by the Principal/ Assistant Principal /Dean of Students. Offense is recorded in the student’s discipline file.
  2. 2nd Offense – device is confiscated and given to the Building Principal/ Assistant Principal /Dean of Students. The device will be returned at the end of the day. Offense is recorded in the student’s discipline file.
  3. 3rd Offense – device is confiscated and given to the Building Principal/ Assistant Principal /Dean of Students. The device will be returned to the parent or guardian.
  4. Use of recording function on a personal electronic device – the device is confiscated and given to the Building Principal/ Assistant Principal /Dean of Students. Pictures or recordings may be reviewed by the Principal/Dean of Students. The device will be returned to the parent or guardian.
  5. The Building Principal/ Assistant Principal may rescind permission for a student to possess these devices in school if a student violates this policy.
 
The Oneonta City School District is not responsible for lost or stolen property.
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