PGCPS's electronic device usage policy, dated August 23, 2010, is available here:
The PGCPS Student Code of Conduct, page 6, classifies the
unauthorized use of electronic devices as a Level II offense.
Students committing level II offenses may be subject to (but not limited
to) the following consequences:
- parental contact by phone/written notification to parent
- Behavioral probation
- Administrator/teacher/student conference
- Exclusion from extra-curricular activities
- In-School Suspension
Page 20 of the Student Code of Conduct states:
Unauthorized Use of Portable Communication Devices: Using any portable
electronic device, including but not limited to cell phones, pagers,
and wireless e-mail devices, for the purpose of sending and/or receiving
messages during the instructional day and/or on the school bus without
the expressed consent of the Principal. Use at unauthorized times will
be treated as a class disruption. If the device continues to be a
disruption, it is subject to confiscation by school personnel until the
parent/guardian comes to school to retrieve it.
All cell phones must be turned OFF during the duration of the school
day. This includes time on the bus both on the way to school and
on the way home.
If a student is caught text messaging, their cell phone rings or otherwise disrupts the process of the school day or the student is using their cell phone:
- On the first offense, the teacher may simply ask the student to turn the phone off and put it away.
- The teacher can confiscate the phone (see policy 5132 above). On first offense, it will be returned to the student at the end of the school day.
- On second offense, a parent MUST come to the school and retrieve the phone. It will NOT be returned to the student with a phone call.
- On third offense, the student will be banned from bringing any electronic device to the school.
Other electronic devices such as portable game systems are NOT a part
of the educational process. Students are encouraged NOT to bring them
to school, even if stored in their locker. The student and parent
assume ALL RISK for bringing the item to school. If it is damaged, lost,
stolen or broken, the school assumes NO responsibility for it.
Leave it home.