The Bibb County School System’s policy on cellular telephones is designed to ensure that the use of cell phones does not interfere with teaching and learning during the school day or with student safety.
Students are permitted to use cell phones as instructed by local school administrators. The exact times will be set by individual schools.
The use of cell phones for any purpose – including telephone calls, text messaging, games, and other functions – is not permitted at any time on school grounds, other than as designated by local school Administration.
The use of cell phones for any purpose – including telephone calls, text messaging, games, and other functions – is not permitted while students are being transported to and from school on school buses.
Cell phones must not be visible, except in specified zones, during the school day or while being transported to and from school on school buses. They should be stored in a secure location, i.e. in vehicle, Pocket, purse, locker, backpack, etc.
Cell phones must be turned completely off (not simply on silent or vibrate mode), except in specified zones, during the school day or while being transported to and from school on school buses.
Students participating in extracurricular activities and athletic events must contact their coach or sponsor for his/her rules involving cell phone use after school hours or on after-school bus trips. Coaches and sponsors will set their rules and establish consequences involving the use and/or misuse of these devices.
The use of camera phones is strictly forbidden in private areas, such as, locker rooms, washrooms, dressing areas, classrooms, and offices at any time. Camera phone violations may be treated as Level II or Level III Offenses when necessary. Such use may also be in violation of the criminal code.
Any phone communication during the instructional day will take place on school telephones with permission from office personnel with the exception of emergency situations as deemed by the principal. Parents should continue to call the school for any emergency situation.
Students shall not bring cell phones into a classroom where standardized testing is taking place. Teachers will collect any student cell phones in classrooms where standardized testing (AHSGE, ARMT+, ACCESS for ELLs, ACT, PSAT, EXPLORE, PLAN, etc.) is being administered. Phones will be collected before testing begins and returned at the conclusion of testing for that day. The possession and/or use of a cell phone during standardized testing may result in the test being invalidated and legal action being taken by the testing company. This policy will be enforced irrespective of whether the student or parent owns the phone/device.
Possession of a cell phone by a student is a privilege which may be forfeited by any student not abiding by the terms of this policy. Students shall be personally and solely responsible for the security of their cell phones. The Bibb County School System shall not assume any responsibility for theft, loss, or damage of a cell phone, or unauthorized calls made on a cell phone.
OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICES
Electronic devices such as, but not limited to, digital cameras, camcorders, PDA’s, MP3 players, and headphones, may be used as part of the instructional process, with prior administrative and teacher authorization. Otherwise, these devices may not be visible during the instructional day.
Students participating in field trips, extracurricular activities, and athletic events must contact their coach or sponsor for his/her rules involving electronic device use after school hours or on filed trips. Coaches and sponsors will set rules and establish consequences involving the use and/or misuse of these devices.
Possession of electronic devices by a student is a privilege which may be forfeited by any student not abiding by the terms of this policy. Students shall be personally and solely responsible for the security of their electronic devices. The Bibb County School District shall not assume any responsibility for theft, loss, or damage of electronic devices.
Any violations of the above policy will result in the following:
First Violation – Student will be warned and the cell phone/electronic devices will be confiscated by an administrator for the remainder of that school day. The phone/device will be returned to the student at the end of that school day.
Second Violation – Cell phone/electronic device will be confiscated by an administrator until a parent comes to the school for a conference. The parent must then sign a form stating that they understand that any subsequent violations will result in the cell phone/device being confiscated for 30 calendar days.
Third Violation – Cell phone/device will be confiscated for 30 calendar days.
Subsequent Violations –Any violations after the third violation (not during a suspension period) will result in cell phone/device being confiscated for an additional 30 calendar days.
Possession or use of a cell phone/electronic device during a period when cell phone/electronic device privileges are suspended will be punishable as a Class II Offense. Students found to be using a cell phone or electronic device to break other school rules (i.e. cheating, disrupting class, text messaging, etc.) will be subject to punishment per the student code of conduct.