ELECTRONIC DEVICE POLICY

(Cell Phones/Tablets/Mobile Communication)

An electronic device is a device that emits an audible signal, vibrates, displays a message or otherwise summons or delivers a communication to the possessor.  The following devices are examples of electronic devices:  cellular and wireless telephones, pagers/beepers, laser pointers, MP3 players, personal digital assistants (PDA’s), smart phones, smart watches, WiFi-enabled or broadband access devices, two-way radios or video broadcasting devices, laptops, tablets and other devices that allow a person to record and/or transmit, on either a real time or delayed basis, sound, video or still images, text, or other information.

The misuse of permissible electronic devices in a manner distracting to other students or school personnel is not allowed. The misuse of electronic devices includes, but is not limited to:

School not authorized by school personnel or deemed a Red Zone.

No student may record a class in any fashion unless they have informed the teacher/class and have written permission from the teacher and the recording device is visible to everyone in the classroom.

No student may record, take, or distribute inappropriate (i.e. nudity, sexually suggestive, illegal activities, vulgar gestures, etc) pictures during any school related activity.

The use of cell phones and mobile communication devices for any voice or text communication is not permitted during instructional time. Students are only permitted to use personal cell phones and mobile communication devices in the cafeteria during their lunch periods and in hallways between classes. Use of cell phones and mobile communication devices during study hall will be at the discretion of the study hall supervisor.  The use of such devices in the classroom is restricted. Violations will results in confiscation of the device. Texting while walking through hallways is a safety concern and therefore prohibited.

No student shall use a cell phone or mobile communication device to violate any Student Code of Conduct, including Computer usage agreements, Bullying Policies, creating wireless interference, and/or bypassing network security (example: connecting a school-issued device to a Personal Hotspot).

No student shall use a cell phone or mobile communication device to circumvent the Early Dismissal or Attendance Policies.

Examples of unacceptable usage of cell phones and mobile communication devices can include but are not limited to:

Contents of cell phones may be reviewed and searched if there exists a reasonable suspicion that it may have been used in an activity prohibited by the Code of Conduct.

Parents  may  be  contacted  to  claim  the  student’s  cell  phone  or  other  electronic  devices from a school administrator.

Cell Phones and Mobile Communication Devices that ring, vibrate excessively, or in any other way disrupt the educational process of a class, are grounds for confiscation of the device by school staff or personnel.

The use of these electronic devices during non-instructional time without the permission of the teacher, or in a disruptive manner in the school setting is prohibited.

The student assumes all risks in bringing such devices onto school property or to school related

functions. Insurance is recommended on all personal electronic devices.

Consequences for inappropriate use of electronic devices

Violation of the appropriate use of electronic devices, as described above, may result in the following:

Printing and/or Server Access

Printing services is strictly prohibited from personal devices. Access to any services and/or connections to any Ottawa-Glandorf Schools servers are prohibited.

Lost or Damaged Device

Ottawa-Glandorf Local Schools assumes no responsibility for theft, loss, or damage of a personal electronic device brought to school. Students bring these devices at their own risk. Insurance is recommended on all personal electronic devices.

Ottawa-Glandorf High School

Zone Indicators

Teachers will enforce zones by their discretion and discipline within their classroom.

Red Zone: An area designated as a Red Zone indicates that any personal device, permitted or

otherwise, is strictly prohibited. A classroom designated as a Red Zone may ask that all personal devices be placed in a predetermined location or out in plain sight but turned off and not in use.

All restrooms and locker rooms are designated as a Red Zone.

Yellow Zone: An area designated as a Yellow Zone indicates that personal devices may be in use in a limited capacity as permitted and directed by school personnel. Classrooms are designated as Yellow Zones giving each teacher the flexibility to change between Red and Green depending on the appropriate environment needed for instruction.

Green Zone: An area designated as a Green Zone indicates that personal devices may be in use for school related tasks as permitted and directed by school personnel. At lunch time, the cafeteria and High School Gym will be designated as a Green Zone. Hallways will be designated as a Green Zone during non-instructional time, meaning use may be permitted between classes.

** This policy is subject to change anytime throughout the year at the discretion of the Administration.