237.  ELECTRONIC DEVICES - Pg.

237.  ELECTRONIC DEVICES

1.        Purpose

        

The Board adopts this policy in order to maintain an educational environment that is safe and secure for district students and employees.

2.   Definition

Electronic Devices shall include all devices that can take photographs; record audio or video data; store, transmit or receive messages or images; or provide a wireless, unfiltered connection to the Internet.  Examples of these electronic devices include, but shall not be limited to, radios, walkmans, CD players iPods, MP3 players, DVD players, handheld game consoles, Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), cellular telephones, BlackBerries, laptop computers and tablet technology, as well as any new technology developed with similar capabilities.

3.  Authority

        SC 510

The Board prohibits use of electronic devices by students in grade levels K-8, during the school day in district buildings; on district property; during the time students are under the supervision of the district; and in locker rooms, bathrooms, health suites and other changing areas at any time.  use of devices on district buses and vehicles is enumerated below.

      SC 1317.1

The Board prohibits use of electronic devices by students in grade levels 9-12 during any and all periods of instruction; during detention and in-school suspension, unless approved by the teacher and in locker rooms, bathrooms, health suites and other changing areas at any time.  In grade levels 9-12, the use of electronic devices is permissible during non-instructional time.  non-instructional time is defined as before/after school, during the change of classes, during lunch time and study halls.

The use of electronic devices as a classroom tool is permitted district-wide under the supervision of the instructor and approval by the Building Administrator.

The Board prohibits the use of electronic devices to take photographs while on school property or on school buses and vehicles.

The Board prohibits possession of laser pointers and attachments and telephone paging devices/beepers by students in district buildings; on district property; on district buses and vehicles; and at school-sponsored activities.

      Pol. 122, 123

      Pol. 218

4.   Delegation of

      Responsibility

The district shall not be liable for the loss, damage or misuse of any electronic device.

Electronic Images and Photographs

The Board prohibits the taking, storing, disseminating, transferring, viewing, or sharing of obscene, pornographic, lewd, or otherwise illegal images or photographs, whether by electronic data transfer or other means, including but not limited to texting and e-mailing.

Because such violations may constitute a crime under state and/or federal law, the district may report such conduct to local, state and/or federal law enforcement agencies.

Electronic Devices on District Buses and Vehicles

Use of electronic devices on district buses and vehicles shall be limited to the extent that any such use does not interfere with the safe operation of the district buses and vehicles.  Any such device used by a student on a district bus or vehicle shall be used with an appropriate ear piece designed to limit the audio to the user only.

Such prohibited activity shall also apply to student conduct that occurs off school property if:

  1.  There is a nexus between the proximity or timing of the conduct in relation

    to the student’s attendance at school or school-sponsored activities.

  1.  The student is a member of an extracurricular activity and has been

    notified that particular off-campus conduct could result in exclusion from

    such activities.

  1. The conduct has a direct nexus to attendance at school or a school-

   sponsored activity, such as an agreement made on school property to

   complete a transaction outside of school that would violate the Code of

   Student Conduct.

The Superintendent or designee shall annually notify students, parents/guardians and employees about the Board’s electronic device policy.

The Superintendent or designee shall develop administrative regulations to implement this policy.

5.Guidelines

     Pol. 218, 233

        

Violations of this policy by a student shall result in disciplinary action and may result in confiscation of the electronic device.

The confiscated item shall not be returned until a conference has been held with a parent/guardian.

        

Exceptions

The building administrator may grant approval for possession and use of an electronic device by a student for the following reasons:

      Pol. 113

  1. Health, safety or emergency reasons.
  2. An individualized education program (IEP).
  3. An approved American With Disabilities “504” Agreement
  4. Classroom or instructional-related activities
  5. Other reasons determined appropriate by the building principal.

      SC 1317.1

The building administrator may grant approval for possession and use of a telephone paging device/beeper by a student for the following reasons:

.

  1. Student is a member of a volunteer fire company, ambulance or rescue

   squad.

  1. Student as a need due to the medical condition of an immediate family

   member.

  1. Other reasons determined appropriate by the building principal.

References:

School Code – 24 P.S. Sec. 510, 1317.1

Board Policy – 000, 113, 122, 123, 218, 233, 815

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