ELECTRONICS POLICY/CELL PHONE USE
Cell phones/electronic devices can serve as an outstanding instructional tool and learning resource if used appropriately. We encourage our staff members and our students to use electronics and other 21st century devices to supplement instruction and learning. At Lee high School we have laptops, chrome books, I-pads and calculators for student use in every classroom and we are continuously upgrading to newer equipment and securing additional devises with the help of our Informational Technology (IT) and Instructional departments at our School Board Office. In order to preserve the teaching and learning environment, this document is to clarify the cell phone/electronic devices policy for Robert E. Lee High School. The policy is:-- We encourage the use of technology in our classrooms and teachers will provide our students with the appropriate device (laptop, chrome book, etc…). With teacher approval, when other forms of technology are unavailable, cell phones/electronic devices may only be used for educational purposes in the classroom setting (listening to music is not considered an educational purpose). If a student wishes to use their device for non-educational purposes, they may do so before the tardy bell rings, during class changes in the hall and during lunch or Plus Block (in the cafeteria or Commons Area) if a student has earned choice time ….Monday through Friday.-- Cell phones/electronic devices must be turned OFF before students enter any classroom, office, library, locker room, lab, and/or theater. Once inside any of the aforementioned locations, students must store their cell phones/electronic device in a location designated by the classroom teacher even though they are OFF. Students may use the device for educational purposes only with teacher approval.-- Students will not record still or moving images or voices of students or the teacher without permission from the teacher.-- Students will not post recordings of still or moving images or voice recordings of students or the teacher to online websites without permission.-- If a cell phone/electronic device rings, vibrates, or is used for any reason without teacher permission, or is visible anytime during class time or if you are caught using it on campus during class time (going to the restroom from class, etc…), a staff member will confiscate the device.-- Refusal to surrender your phone when asked is considered defiance. Defiance may result in disciplinary consequences, including suspension. Parents will be contacted.-- 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.-- Cell phones and other personal devices and entertainment systems may not be charged at the school.
First Offense ~ the device will be held in the main office until the end of the school day and a lunch or after school detention will be issued. Students may pick up their phone at the end of the school day and parents will be notified.
Second Offense ~ the device will remain in the main office until the end of the school day. An Administrator will assign after school detention, and establish parent contact. Phone may only be picked up by a parent. If a parent is unable to pick up the phone it will be given back to the student at the end of the next school day.
Third Offense ~ the device will remain in the main office until it is picked up by a parent. The Administrator will issue an in-school suspension.
Further incidents will result in a 1-10 day out-of-school suspension.