2010-2011 Gayle Middle School Cell Phone Policy
CELL PHONE USE AND TEXT-MESSAGING AT SCHOOL…
IS A MAJOR INSTRUCTIONAL DISTRACTION AND DISCIPLINARY
The use and/or display of cell phones, iPhones, wired or
wireless ear receivers, internet access devices, MP-3’s, PDA’s, iPods, or
like devices, is prohibited at school (on school grounds and inside the
school building) during the school day. Cell phone use is also
prohibited while riding to and from school on a school bus. Cell phones
may be “appropriately” used at school after bus dismissal, unless there
is an “extended” instructional activity taking place.
“Use” shall be defined as the device being turned on or
otherwise activated whether or not sending or receiving a call,
voicemail, text message, sexually explicit message, or other
communication, or using any feature of the device including but not
limited to games, camera, instant text messaging, etc. A phone that
“beeps,” “rings,” “buzzes,” “vibrates,” emits noises, etc., is considered
“in use.” “Display” shall be defined as possession in such manner
that any portion of said device is visible to others. “Sexting,” or the
sending of sexually explicit photos or text through one’s mobile phone
to friends or others, is illegal , against the law, and prohibited.
Any cell phones or like devices brought to school must be turned
“off” and stored inside the student’s locker during the entire school
day. Students may not carry cell phones or like devices around the
school. Administrators may trace your text messages sent to or from
your and other phones during the school day.
Disciplinary Consequences for Cell Phone Violations
In accordance with the Student Code of Conduct, the minimum penalty
for violating this rule is a short-term, out-of-school suspension of ten
(10) days or less. School administrators have the authority to exercise
discretion in terms of the disciplinary consequences applied to cell
phone offenses based on the individual situation, school setting, level
of disruption to instruction, and degree of code violations associated
with each offense.