LRSD Cell Phone and Electronic Usage Policy
Taken directly form the 2019-2020 LRSD Student Handbook p 48-52
4.47— POSSESSION AND USE OF CELL PHONES AND OTHER
Students are responsible for conducting themselves in a manner that respects the rights of others. Possession and use of any electronic device, whether district or student owned, that interferes with a positive, orderly classroom environment does not respect the rights of others and is expressly forbidden.
To protect the security of statewide assessments, no electronic device, as defined in this policy, shall be accessible by a student at any time during assessment administration unless specifically permitted by a student's individualized education program (IEP) or individual health plan;1 this means that when a student is taking an AESAA assessment, the student shall not have his/her electronic device in his/her possession. Any student violating this provision shall be subject to this policy's disciplinary provisions.
As used in this policy, “electronic devices” means anything that can be used to transmit or capture images, sound, or data.
Misuse of electronic devices includes, but is not limited to:
- Using electronic devices during class time in any manner other than specifically
permitted by the classroom instructor;
- Permitting any audible sound to come from the device when not being used for
reason #1 above;
- Engaging in academic dishonesty, including cheating, intentionally plagiarizing,
wrongfully giving or receiving help during an academic examination, or wrongfully
obtaining test copies or scores;
- Using the device to record audio or video or to take photographs in areas where a
general expectation of personal privacy exists, including but not limited to locker
rooms and bathrooms;
- Creating, sending, sharing, viewing, receiving, or possessing an indecent visual
depiction of oneself or another person.
Use of an electronic device is permitted to the extent it is approved in a student’s IEP or it is needed in an emergency that threatens the safety of students, staff, or other individuals. Before school, during lunch, and after normal school hours, possession of electronic devices is permitted on the school campus. The use of such devices at school sponsored functions outside the regular school day is permitted to the extent and within the limitations allowed by the event or activity the student is attending.
A parent shall obtain approval from the student’s building principal before operating a
student-tracking safety device at school or at a school-sponsored event if the device has recording or listen-in capability. The District requires the device’s recording and listen-in technology to be disabled while the device is on the campus or at the school-sponsored event because of student privacy concerns. The District prohibits unauthorized audio or visual recordings or transmission of audio or images of other students. The student’s parent shall agree in writing to the requirement for the device’s recording and listening-in technology to be disabled and that the District may prohibit future use of the device on campus or at a school-sponsored activity if it is determined that the device’s recording or listening-in capabilities were used in violation of this policy before the student safety tracking device may be on campus or at a school-sponsored event. The student and/or the student’s parents or guardians expressly assume any risk
associated with students owning or possessing electronic devices. Students misusing
electronic devices shall have them confiscated. Confiscated devices may be picked up at the school’s administration office by the student’s parents or guardians.2 Students have no right of privacy as to the content contained on any electronic devices that have been confiscated.3 A search of a confiscated device shall meet the reasonable individualized suspicion requirements of Policy 4.32—SEARCH, SEIZURE, AND INTERROGATIONS. Students who use school issued cell phones and/or computers for non-school purposes, except as permitted by the district’s Internet/computer use policy, shall be subject to
discipline, up to and including suspension or expulsion. Students are forbidden from using school issued cell phones while driving any vehicle at any time. Violation may result in
disciplinary action up to and including expulsion.4
No student shall use any wireless communication device for the purposes of browsing the internet; composing or reading emails and text messages; or making or answering phone calls while driving a motor vehicle that is in motion and on school property. Violation may result in disciplinary action up to and including suspension.5
Notes: As districts move toward one-to-one computing and other options for integrating technology into classroom instruction and student learning, ASBA advises that in changing this policy (or any other locally generated policy), districts be mindful of the potential concerns relating to equitable access to the technology. When classroom instruction involves technology devices, it is important to make sure all students have reasonably the same access and are not hampered by their socio-economic status. Permitting or requiring students who own laptops, iPads or any other such device to use them as part of the instructional/learning environment without providing similar devices to those who don’t own or have access to such devices is unfair to those students.
1 The DESE Testing Administration Manual requires this language. Our interpretation is that on testing days’ students will not be allowed to have their cell phones in their possession during any test they take.
2 ASBA suggests adding another sentence that specifies the increasing severity of the penalty for repeat offenders. Given the severity of a breach of assessment security, you might consider separate penalties for such action. If you choose to do so, don't forget to amend the last sentence of the second paragraph.
3 To perform a search of an electronic device, an administrator would have to possess individualized suspicion that an examination of the device would reveal evidence of student misconduct, and the search itself would have to be tailored to the suspicion. For instance, if there were an allegation that harassing text messages had been sent from Student A to Student B during lunch, individualized suspicion would exist as to the text message history contained on Student A’s phone; however, viewing pictures or files unrelated to the suspected misconduct would be inappropriate and a violation of the student’s rights under the 4th Amendment of the US Constitution. Merely confiscating a cell phone because the student received a call on it, does not give individualized suspicion to justify a search.
4 This sentence is included because insurance companies have ruled that injuries occurring while driving and talking on school issued cell phones are subject to worker’s comp awards.
5 A.C.A. § 27-51-1603 makes it illegal for anyone under the age of eighteen (18) to use a wireless communication device for any purpose while operating a motor vehicle. Additionally, A.C.A. § 27-51-1609
prohibits the use of a “wireless handheld telephone” while in a school zone for any purpose when that use is not hands free. While the policy language exceeds the statutory prohibitions, we believe the language is important for the protection of students, employees, and the public.
A.C.A. § 6-15-2907
A.C.A. § 6-18-515
A.C.A. § 27-51-1602
A.C.A. § 27-51-1603
A.C.A. § 27-51-1609
DESE Test Administration Manual
Possession and Use of Cell Phone and Other Electronic Devices
Cell Phone and other electronic devices may serve as an outstanding instructional tool and learning resource, if used appropriately. Staff members and students are encouraged to use electronic devices to supplement instruction and learning. In order to preserve the teaching and learning environment with cell phones and other electronic devices, the following apply:
- Cell phones and other electronic devices may be used for educational purposes in the classroom setting at the discretion of the teacher.
- Cell phones and other electronic devices may be used for non-educational purposes in the morning before the tardy bell, during lunch and after school.
- Cell phones must be turned off at the sound of the tardy bell.
- Cell Phones and other electronic devices must be stored in a location that is not visible by staff, other students (purse, backpack, and locker).
- If the cell phone or other electronic device rings, vibrates, is visible during instruction time or class changes, of if caught using a cell phone, a staff member has the right to confiscate and turn the device into the main office.
- The use of a cell phone or other electronic device to photograph or video other students or employees is forbidden on campus and could result in a consequence up to and including expulsion.
- If assigned to the in School Suspension Program, the ISSP teacher will hold cell phones and electronic devices during the school day.
Any student in possession of a cell phone or other electronic devices that violates the rules shall immediately surrender the device. If the student refuses to relinquish the cell phone or electronic device or the student exhibits other inappropriate behavior, the student will receive a disciplinary sanction according to the Student Handbook. An adult listed on the Pupil Information Form or designated by the parent, may pick up the cell phone or electronic device by the end of the school day. The adult must present identification, and a copy of the ID will remain on file in the main office