POLICY MANUAL

Personal Electronic Communication Devices - Policy JFCZ

A. Generally
Students bring personal electronic communication devices on school property at students’ own risk. The Lynchburg City Schools is not responsible for any damaged, missing, or stolen electronic devices. If a student’s electronic device becomes damaged or stolen, the school division will investigate the incident; however, the school division will not take any financial responsibility for the loss or damage of the student’s electronic device or his/her electronic device charges.

B. Personal Electronic Communication Devices at the High School Level
Students enrolled in grades 9-12 may have a personal electronic communication device (e.g. cell phone) in their possession before, during, or after the regular hours of operation of the school day. The device may be used in non-instructional times and spaces (e.g. in hallways, cafeteria, on buses) so long as it is not disruptive and is not used to record others when there is a reasonable expectation of privacy.

Any inappropriate use of personal electronic communication devices, including but not limited to, inappropriate photographs, text messaging, practice known as sexting, and recording/videotaping will result in confiscation of the device; further consequences may include suspension from school and possible referral to appropriate authorities.

C. Personal Electronic Communication Devices at the Middle School Level
Students enrolled in middle schools may have a personal electronic communication device (e.g. cell phone) in their possession. However, the devices must be turned off and remain out of sight (e.g. in a book bag or locker) throughout the regular school day.

Any inappropriate use of personal electronic communication devices, including but not limited to, inappropriate photographs, text messaging, and recording/videotaping will result in the confiscation of the device. Further consequences could include suspension and possible referral to appropriate authorities.

D. Personal Electronic Communication Devices at the Elementary School Level
Students enrolled in elementary schools may have a personal electronic communication device (e.g. cell phone) in their possession. However, the devices must be turned off and remain out of sight (e.g. in a book bag or locker) throughout the regular school day.

Any inappropriate use of personal electronic communication devices, including but not limited to, inappropriate photographs, text messaging, and recording/videotaping will result in the confiscation of the device. Further consequences could include suspension and possible referral to appropriate authorities.

E. Personal Electronic Communication Devices in Alternative Education Settings
In alternative education settings, the school administrator may establish, and adjust as necessary, additional restrictions across the school. These shall be communicated in writing to students and parent(s)/guardian(s).

F. Additional Procedures and Restrictions
The principal may authorize restrictions on a student’s use of the device that exceed those in this policy, based on a student’s behaviors and communicated in writing to the student and parent(s)/guardian(s).

The principal may confiscate the device if needed, and then determine to either return the device to the student at the end of the day or require the student’s parent to make an appointment with the principal to retrieve the device.

Violations of the policy regarding personal electronic communication devices on school property may result in progressive disciplinary action as set forth by procedures outlined in Lynchburg City School Board Policy JGD/JGE.

Adopted: July 12, 2016

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