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SCHOOL-BASED POLICY OF JOSEPH B. CAVALLARO I.S.281 FOR USE OF CELL PHONES, COMPUTING DEVICES, AND PORTABLE MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEMS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY

In accordance with Chancellor’s Regulation A-413, 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 at any time during the regular school day.
  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.
  6. It is the responsibility of each student to safeguard his/her cell phone, computing device, portable music and entertainment system and other electronic device.
 
B. Cell phones may be used as set forth below.

During the school day:

  • Cell phones may not be turned on or used while on school property.
 
During after-school, school-sponsored programs or activities:

  • Cell phones may not be turned on or used while on school property.
 
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 systems may not be turned on or used during instructional time, except for instructional and educational purposes with the explicit approval of the teacher.
 
During after-school, school-sponsored programs or activities:

  • 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.
 
D. Portable music and entertainment systems may be used as set forth below.

During the school day:

  • Portable music devices and entertainment systems may not be turned on or used while on school property.
 
During after-school, school-sponsored activities:

  • Portable music devices and entertainment systems may not be turned on or used except for instructional and educational purposes with the explicit approval of the teacher
 
E. Confiscation and return of electronic items

  • If the device is visible, the student will receive a verbal warning by school personnel.
  • If the device is in use, it will be confiscated, the parent will be contacted and the item will be returned at end of school day.
  • If the device is used a second time, it will be confiscated and return following a parent conference.
  • If the device continues to be used and the student continues to be in violation of school policy, revocation of the privilege to bring the item to school will be reserved by the school.
 
F. Discipline

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.