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Dear Parents/Guardians, We are writing to inform you of a change of procedure at school regarding the use of cell phones and other hand-held electronic equipment. The 2011-2012 Procedures and Policies for Parents and Students handbook for the Jefferson Parish Public School System states, The use, possession, or operation of any electronic communication device …by students in school buildings, on school premises, on school buses, or at school-sanctioned events are prohibited unless authorized by the principal. In the past, we have allowed cell phones and other electronic devices on campus as long as they were turned off. Ongoing and recent technological advances have enabled cell phones and other hand-held electronic devices to become multifunctional and far more sophisticated. For example, nearly all phones now have the capability to take photos and/or video and allow access to the Internet. We have encountered incidents where phones/iPods have been used completely in unacceptable and inappropriate ways on school premises. Some of these incidents include students taking photographs or videos at school (including inside restrooms), posting said photos/videos to social networks, and/or inappropriately text messaging. Parents and guardians should be aware that there are members of the school community who must not, under an circumstances, appear in photographs or videos. At Meisler Middle School, we are committed to safeguarding our students and have updated our policy on cell phones and hand-held electronic devices. Effective Monday, February 13, 2012, these devices will no longer be allowed on school premises during regular school hours. The National School Safety and Security Services, a national consulting firm specializing in school security and school emergency/crisis preparedness training, assessments, and school safety consulting for K-12 schools supports this position. Please visit their web-site at http://www.schoolsecurity.org/trends/cell_phones.html for more information. Students who are found in possession of cell phones or other hand-held electronic devices after February 13 will be subject to disciplinary action. (Cell phones and other hand-held electronic devices found during parish mandated weekly classroom searches are also subject to these disciplinary action.) Disciplinary consequences are listed below: 1st offense—1 hour detention after school 2nd offense—2 hour detention after school 3rd offense—1 day in-school suspension We appreciate your cooperation and ask that you discuss this with your son/daughter. If you have concerns, you may call the school at 888-5832 to arrange an appointment with one of our administrators.
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