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5136.01 Policy_Electronic Equipment

While in some instances the possession and use of electronic equipment or devices by a student at school may be appropriate, often the possession and use of such equipment or devices by students at school can have the
effect of distracting, disrupting and/or intimidating others in the school environment and leading to opportunities for
academic dishonesty and other disruptions of the educational process. Consequently, the Board of Education will
supply any electronic equipment or devices necessary for participation in the educational program. Students shall
not use any electronic equipment or devices on school property or at any school-sponsored activity without the
permission of the principal, the classroom teacher, or other school official.
 
Examples of prohibited devices include, but are not limited to
 
    A. Cameras (photographic and/or video),
 
    B. Laptops,
 
    C. Personal digital assistants (PDAs),
 
    D. Lasers,
 
    E. Laser pens or pointers,
 
    F. Radios,
 
    G. "Boom–boxes,”
 
    H. Portable CD/MP3 players,
 
    I.  Portable TV's,
 
    J. Electronic games/toys,
 
    K. Pagers/beepers, other paging devices.
 
Students may use electronic equipment/devices on school property for an educational or instructional purpose
(e.g. taking notes, recording a class lecture, writing papers) with the teacher's permission and supervision or as
stated in a student’s IEP. 
 
Students may use electronic equipment/devices while riding to and from school on a school bus or other vehicle
provided by the Board or on a school bus or Board-provided vehicle during school-sponsored activities, at the
discretion of the bus driver, classroom teacher, sponsor/advisor/coach, and/or building principal.
 
Distracting behavior that creates an unsafe environment will not be tolerated.
 
Students are prohibited from using electronic equipment or devices in a manner that may be physically harmful to
another person (e.g. shining a laser in the eyes of another student). Further, at no time may any camera or other
electronic equipment/device be utilized by a student in a way that might reasonably create in the mind of another
person an impression of being threatened, humiliated, harassed, embarrassed, or intimidated. See Policy 5517.01
 
Students are prohibited from using cameras and other electronic equipment/devices to capture or record test
information or any other information in a manner constituting fraud, theft, or academic dishonesty. Similarly,
students are prohibited from using cameras and other electronic equipment and devices to capture or record the
words (i.e. audio) and/or images (i.e. pictures/video) of any student, staff member or other person in the school or
while attending a school-related activity, without express prior notice and explicit consent for the capture and/or
recording of such words or images. Using a camera or other electronic equipment/devices to capture or record
audio and/or pictures/video of an individual without his/her consent is considered an invasion of privacy and is not
permitted, unless authorized by the building principal. Cameras and electronic equipment/devices are expressly
banned from and may not be possessed, activated, or utilized at any time in any school situation where a
reasonable expectation of personal privacy exists. These locations and circumstances include but are not limited
to locker rooms, shower facilities, restrooms, and any other areas where students or others may change clothes
or be in any stage or degree of disrobing or changing clothes. The building principal has authority to make
determinations as to other specific locations and situations where possession of a camera or other electronic
equipment/device is absolutely prohibited.
 
Unauthorized electronic equipment and devices will be confiscated from the student by school personnel and
disciplinary action taken.
 
Any electronic equipment/device confiscated by District staff will be marked in a removable manner with the
student's name and held in a secure location in the building's central office until it is retrieved by the
parent/guardian. Electronic equipment/devices in District custody will not be searched or otherwise tampered with
unless school officials reasonably suspect that the search is required to discover evidence of a violation of the law
or other school rules (e.g. a student is observed using a camera in a prohibited area). Any search will be
conducted in accordance with Policy 5771 – Search and Seizure.
 
Students are personally and solely responsible for the care and security of any electronic equipment or devices
they bring to school. The Board assumes no responsibility for theft, loss, damage, or vandalism to electronic
equipment and devices brought onto its property, or the unauthorized use of such devices.
 
Approved/Adopted:  July 13, 2009
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Shari Weinstock,
Aug 8, 2011, 7:54 AM