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Cell Phone Policy

SCHOOL-BASED POLICY OF OLYMPUS ACADEMY FOR USE OF CELL PHONES, COMPUTING DEVICES, AND PORTABLE MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEMS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY

Students are permitted to bring the following electronic items to school: 1) cell phones; 2) laptops, tablets, iPads and other similar computing devices (“computing devices”); and 3) portable music and entertainment systems, such as iPods, MP3 players, PSP, and Nintendo DS.

A.    The use of cell phones, computing devices and portable music and entertainment systems at school is subject to the restrictions below.

1.     Cell phones and portable music and entertainment systems may not be turned on or used during the administration of any school quiz, test or examination except where such use has been explicitly authorized by the school or is contained in an Individualized Education Program or Section 504 Accommodation Plan.

2.     Computing devices may not be turned on or used during the administration of any school quiz, test or examination, except where such use has been explicitly authorized by the school or is contained in an Individualized Education Program or Section 504 Accommodation Plan.

3.     Use of cell phones, computing devices, portable music and entertainment systems and other electronic devices during the administration of state standardized examinations is governed by State Education Department Rules.

4.     Cell phones, computing devices and portable music and entertainment systems may not be turned on or used during school fire drills or other emergency preparedness exercises.

5.     Cell phones, computing devices, and portable music and entertainment systems may not be used in locker rooms or bathrooms.

B. Cell phones may be used as set forth below.

During the school day:

·          Cell phones may not be turned on or used during instructional time, except for instructional and educational purposes with the explicit approval of the teacher.

·          Cell phones may be used during the following non-instructional times of the school day: (snack, lunch) in the following designated areas: (cafeteria)

·          During after-school, school-sponsored programs or activities.

         

C.        Computing devices may be used as set forth below (select applicable option(s) or select other options consistent with Regulation A-413).

During the school day:

·          Computing devices may not be used in areas where swimming pools are located.

·          Computing systems may not be turned on or used during instructional time, except for instructional and educational purposes with the explicit approval of the teacher.

·          Computing systems may be turned on and used only during instructional time for instructional and educational purposes.

·          Computing devices may be used during the following non-instructional times of the school day: (snack, lunch) in the following designated areas: (cafeteria)

·          During after-school, school-sponsored programs or activities

D.       Portable music and entertainment systems may be used as set forth below (select applicable option(s) or select other options consistent with Regulation A-413).

During the school day:

·          Portable music and entertainment systems may not be used in areas where swimming pools are located.

·          Portable music devices and entertainment systems may not be turned on or used while on school property.

·          Portable music devices and entertainment systems may not be turned on or used during instructional time, except for instructional and educational purposes with the explicit approval of the teacher.

·          Portable music devices and entertainment systems may be used during

the following non-instructional times of the school day:(snack, lunch) in the following designated areas: (cafeteria)

·          During after-school, school-sponsored activities.

E. Confiscation and return of electronic items

Confiscation, storage and return of electronic devices will adhere to progressive discipline measures, which may include, but are not limited to:    

                      

·          warnings

·          confiscation of item and return at end of class period (with teacher)

·          confiscation of item and return at end of school day (with advocate counselor)

·          confiscation of item and return following parent conference

·          confiscation of item and return following student entering into behavioral contract

·          revocation of privilege to bring item to school.


F.        Discipline

School-based policies must state that students who use cell phones, computing devices, and/or portable music and entertainment system in violation of any provision of the DOE’s Discipline Code, the school’s policy, Chancellor Regulation A-413, and/or the DOE’s Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy (“ISUSP”) will be subject to discipline in accordance with the guidance interventions and disciplinary responses set forth in the Discipline Code.


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