3245 Students and Telecommunication Devices

Students in possession of telecommunication devices, including, but not limited to, pagers, beepers and cellular phones, while on school property or while attending school-sponsored or school-related activities shall observe the following conditions:

A.  Telecommunication devices shall be turned on and operated only before and after the regular school day, during the student’s lunch break and passing period, unless an emergency situation exists that involves imminent physical danger or a staff member authorizes the student to use the device.

B. Students shall not use telecommunication devices in a manner that poses a threat to academic integrity, disrupts the learning environment or violates the privacy rights of others.

C. Students shall not send, share, view or possess pictures, text messages, emails or any sexually explicit material as defined in RCW 9.68A.011, in electronic or any other form on a cell phone or other electronic device, while the student is on school grounds, at school sponsored events or on school buses or vehicles provided by the district.

D. When a school official has reasonable suspicion, based on objective and articulable facts, that a student is using a telecommunications device in a manner that violates the law or school rules, the official may confiscate the device, as described in the student handbook.

E. By bringing a cell phone or other electronic device to school or school-sponsored events, the student and their parent/guardian consent to the search of the device when school officials have a reasonable suspicion, based on objective and articulable facts, that such a search will reveal a violation of the law or school rules. The scope of the search will be limited to the violation of which the student is accused. Content or images that violate state or federal laws will be referred to law enforcement.

F. Students are responsible for devices they bring to school. The district shall not be responsible for loss, theft or destruction of devices brought onto school property or to school sponsored events.

G. Students shall comply with any additional rules developed by the school concerning the appropriate use of telecommunication or other electronic devices.

H. Students who violate this policy will be subject to disciplinary action, including suspension or expulsion.

Cross References:

2022                        Electronic Resources

3207                        Prohibition of Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying

3241                        Classroom Management, Corrective Actions or Punishment

3241P                     Classroom Management, Corrective Actions or Punishment

4310                        Relations with Law Enforcement Agencies, Child Protective Agencies and

County Health

Management Resources:

Policy News, February 2004 Evolution of Cell Phone Use

Policy News, June 2010 Students and Sexting

Policy News, October 2010 Students and Telecommunication Devices Revisited


Adoption Date: 7-27-11

Methow Valley School District

WSSDA 10.10