FILE:  JCDAE

Cf:  JD

 

STUDENT ELECTRONIC TELECOMMUNICATION DEVICES

 

 

Neither the West Carroll Parish School Board nor any school or any employee thereof will be responsible for electronic device(s) belonging to students, including any that are stolen, damaged, or destroyed.

 

The electronic telecommunication devices of students shall be stored out of sight and not used during normal school hours in all West Carroll Parish school buildings, on the grounds thereof, or on any school bus that belongs to or is being leased by the West Carroll Parish School Board.

 

  1. Cell phones shall be in the off position so that incoming calls, text messages, etc. shall not emit any sound or disrupt instruction in any manner.

  2. Smart watches with telecommunication capabilities shall be in airplane mode and used only for telling time.  Other functions (health-related, instructional, etc.) may only be authorized by the school principal or his/her designee.

  3. Students caught using electronic telecommunication devices to record, photograph, text, email, post, or engage in inappropriate activities, while on campus, will be suspended from school, per the acceptable use policy.  Violations of a criminal nature will be reported to the West Carroll Parish Sheriff’s department.

 

Students caught using electronic telecommunication devices in any manner or for any purpose without authorization of the principal or his/her designee during regular school hours, while on campus, will be penalized according to the following guidelines.

 

School personnel who discover a student in violation of the electronic telecommunication device policy shall confiscate the electronic telecommunication device and surrender it into the principal or his/her designee.  The principal or his/her designee will investigate.

 

  1. First offense for a student found to be in violation of the electronic telecommunication device policy on school grounds during regular school hours:

 

  1. Student chooses to pay a $20 violation/return fee* or have the electronic telecommunication device confiscated for 14 school days.

  2. Each subsequent violation finding:

    Violation/return fee* increases by $5 for a maximum of $40 or confiscation period increases by 2 school days for a maximum of 22 school days.

 

  1. Parents shall be notified of first and second infraction via minor discipline referral through JPAMS/call.

 

  1. A parent conference will be required for the third violation and beyond.

 

  1. If the student is found to be in violation of the policy, the confiscated electronic telecommunication device will be kept by the principal or his/her designee until the fee is paid or confiscation time has been reached.

  2. Refusal by a student found to be in violation of the policy to surrender an electronic telecommunication device to administrators and/or teachers shall result in an immediate out-of-school suspension. The violation/return fee must be paid or the confiscation period satisfied upon the student’s return from the suspension.

  3. Electronic telecommunication devices determined to have any type of pornographic, cyberbullying, or other illegal materials on them will be confiscated and submitted to the West Carroll Parish Sheriff’s department.

 

  1. The student will be suspended for at least 2 school days;

  2. The violation/return fee must be paid or the confiscation period satisfied, and

  3. A parent conference must be held before the student may return to school.

 

* Electronic telecommunication devices may only be retrieved at the end of the school day or at the convenience of the principal or his/her designee.

 

Revised:  August, 2003

Revised:  August, 2009

Revised:  July 12, 2021

 

 

Ref:    La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§17:239, 17:416, 17:416.1

Board minutes, 8-3-09, 7-12-21

 

West Carroll Parish School Board