Electronic Devices Policy and ProceduresA. School Board Policies
Students shall not use or possess electronic devices such as MP3/4players,portable radios, tape recorders, tape/CD/DVD players, digital cameras, laser pens, or other similar electronic equipment in school during regular school hours except as approved by a Principal or his designee. (5131.II.A.22)
Portable communication devices shall be turned off in class or any instructional setting. If a portable communication device rings, vibrates or is otherwise used or in use during class or instruction without permission from the Principal or his designee, it may be confiscated and the student may be denied the privilege of possessing a communication device at school for up to the remainder of the school year. The confiscated device shall be returned to the student's parent/guardian.(5131.II.A.23.a)
B. Atkins High School Procedure
Teachers will confiscate all cell phones or electronic devices that are visible from the time the student first arrives on campus until 3:40 p.m. each day. The teachers will turn the electronic devices in at the office by the end of the day.
The parent or guardian must come to school during regular operating hours to retrieve the electronic device.
If a student refuses to give a teacher their cell phone or electronic device, then the student should remain in class and the teacher should write a discipline referral for that student.
Note that the above procedures are likely to change during the school year. Atkins will be piloting Mobile Learning Communities, a program for the school district where students, at some point during the first semester, will be encouraged to bring their electronic, internet-ready devices to school to use in the classroom. When that time comes, new school procedures will be communicated to students and added to the school handbook.