Cell Phone Policy

PGCPS Cell Phone/Personal Electronic Device (PED) Policy

Board of Education Policy 5132 defines and explains acceptable use for cellular (cell) phones and PEDs:

Definitions

Cell Phone includes, but is not limited to, iPhones, "smart" phones, Internet enabled phones, ... and other devices that are capable of placing and/or receiving telephone calls [or] text messages, ... creating and distributing videos [or] photographs, and the like.

Personal Electronic Device is an electronic device that emits an audible signal, visual signal, vibration, displays a message, or otherwise summons the possessor.  [This includes but it not limited to] paging devices, ... video cameras, iPods or other MP3 players, laser pointers, portable video game players, laptop computers, ... and any device that provides a connection to the Internet.

Prohibited Use

Students are prohibited from using these devices on school property during the school day, including

  • Parking lots
  • Buses
  • In and around the school building

Cell phones and PEDs may not be visible during regular school hours and must be completely turned off (not in silent or vibrate mode).  It is a violation of this policy to share or post any images that have been taken or stored on these devices while on school property.

Permitted Use

Students are permitted to use cell phones/PEDs on school property only

  • Before and after regular school hours, or with the permission of the school staff member in charge
  • At after-school or athletic activities
  • In an emergency situation, or
  • For instructional use, as approved by the student's teacher

Violations

 Violations shall result in the following consequences:

  • First Offense - The student's cell phone/PED will be confiscated and returned to the student at the end of the school day.
  • Second Offense - The student's cell phone/PED will be confiscated and returned only to the student's parent/guardian.
  • Thereafter - Students committing repeated violations shall be subject to additional disciplinary action.

  Students who refuse to comply with a request to turn over their cell phone/PED shall be subject to discipline for insubordination and other such disciplinary action consistent with the Student Code of Conduct.

Last modified: 4/25/2014 9:59:08 AM