DMS Cell Phone Policy

DCSD Policy 

POSSESSION OF TELECOMMUNICATION

DEVICES IN SCHOOL

Code JICJ Issued 5/12

 

Purpose:  To establish the basic structure for the use of telecommunication devices (beepers, paging devices, cellular telephones, etc.) by students.

For purposes of this policy, telecommunication devices are devices that emit an active signal vibrate, display a message or otherwise summon or deliver a communication to the possessor.

Primary/Elementary students

No primary or elementary student may possess a telecommunication device under the following circumstances.

  • While on school property
  • While attending a school-sponsored or school-related activity on or off school property

The district will make an exception to this rule if the student needs the device for a legitimate medical reason.  The principal must have written/approved evidence on file of the student’s medical need.  The principal will decide what constitute a legitimate medical reason consistent with any guidelines established by the board and/or by the state department of education.

Secondary students

A secondary student may possess a telecommunication device in school and on the bus as long as the device remains off and is not visible prior to or during the academic school day.  The telecommunication device may be used after school denoted by ending school day bell/signal.  Devices must be stored out of sight (bags, backpacks, vehicles, etc.). The device must not be stored in clothing on the student’s body.

The district will make an exception to this rule under the following circumstances.

  • A student under age 18 may possess a telecommunication device if the student needs the device for a legitimate medical reason.
  • A student age 10 or over may possess a telecommunication device under any of the following circumstances.
  • The student is an active member of a volunteer firefighting organization.
  • The student is an active member of a volunteer emergency service organization.
  • The student needs the device for a legitimate medical reason.

Before a student may have a telecommunication device at school for the above reasons, the principal must have written, approved evidence on file of the student’s medical need or membership in a voluntary firefighting or emergency medical service organization.

The principal of each school will decide what constitutes a legitimate medical reason consistent with any guidelines by this board and/or by the state department of education.

Telecommunication devices will be confiscated in accordance with South Carolina Code of Laws Section 59-63-280 and board policy.  Students who violate this policy will be subject to disciplinary actions as defined by the student code of conduct (policy JICDA, Level II-Disruptive Conduct) for the first violation.  Subsequent violations will result in more serious disciplinary actions which may include an administrative hearing with the district hearing officer.  For the first time offence the device will be confiscated and returned to the parent/legal guardian who must sign a contract outlining the condition of the return.  Subsequent violations will result in confiscation of the device.  The parent/legal guardian may pick up the confiscated device at the end of the school year.  The school will not be responsible for lost, stolen or damaged devices.

Adopted 12/17/91; Revised 10/14/02, 5/8/06, 5/1

Legal references:

  1. A.S.C. Code of laws, 1976 as amended;
  1. Section 59-63-280 – Possession of paging devices by public school students; mobile telephones included; adoption of policies

Darlington County School District