Policy JICJ: To set the parameters for student possession and use of mobile communication, computer and other wireless devices.
The Board recognizes that, depending on how they are used, mobile communication, computer and other wireless devices can be either valuable learning tools or a source of disruption in the learning environment. In order to maintain a secure and orderly learning environment, student use and possession of mobile communication, computer and other wireless devices, shall be subject to the limitations as set forth in this policy.
• “Wireless electronic device" means a handheld electronic device having the ability to receive and/or transmit voice, text, or data messages without a cable connection, such may include, but is not limited to, mobile telephones, smart phones, tablets and computer and communications devices currently in existence. This also includes any current or emerging wireless technologies or portable information technology systems developed for similar purposes.
• This policy applies to all CCSD property, school grounds, school buildings, personal vehicles on school property, buses, CCSD vehicles at any time (during or outside of school hours), or at any school or district sponsored events.
• The "Instructional school day" is from the arrival bell until the final dismissal bell. The "instructional school day" includes, but is not limited to, study halls, lunch break, class changes and any other structured or unstructured activities.
• Students may possess mobile telephones, smart phones or other such devices as described above as long as the students adhere to the restrictions provided herein. Any unauthorized use of mobile telephones, smart phones or other such wireless devices during the instructional school day is prohibited as it can disrupt the instructional program and/or distracts from the educational environment.
• Earbuds and/or headphones may be worn in the classroom for instructional purposes and while in the cafeteria. Earbuds / Headphones may not be worn at any other time during the instructional school day.
High school students (9th - 12th grades) may possess mobile telephones, smart phones or other such devices as described above on school property and school-sponsored transportation, provided such devices are not visible, used or activated, and are kept in a silent or “airplane” mode, blocking all alerts, throughout the instructional school day and while on school-sponsored transportation. High school students must keep their mobile telephones, smart phones or other such devices as described above stored in a vehicle, locker, pocket, purse, backpack, or other nonvisible secure location. High school principals may modify the instructional school day to establish other authorized times of use.
Times of Authorized Use for High School
– Before the beginning of the instructional school day
– After the dismissal bell at the end of the instructional school day
– During classroom instruction when directed by the teacher
– During lunch while in the cafeteria
– Other times authorized by the Principal