Electronic Devices and Social Media Policies

Changes to Board Policy 5070 (Extended Electronic Device Use) and Board Policy 5071 (Right to Privacy in the School Setting Act) were passed by the District 215 Board of Education during its regular January 2014 meeting. Student handbooks will be updated to reflect these changes. 

Electronic Device Policy Change

Electronic devices may be used in the school building between the hours of 7:00 am and 3:05 pm if:

 

  • Used during passing periods and lunch; and
  • Included as part of pre-approved classroom and/or school-sponsored activities. All electronic devices should remain on the silent mode to minimize potential disruptions to the educational environment. These devices may not be used in detentions or any after school activity except as approved by the principal or their designee. District 215 is not responsible for lost or stolen electronic devices.

Electronic devices must be turned off and out of sight during times of unauthorized use. Electronic devices devices will be defined as, but not limited to, cellular phones, unauthorized beepers, pagers, laser pointers, MP3 players, portable internet devices, portable DVD players, two-way radios, electronic book readers and audio equipment, i.e. ear pieces, head phones.

With the use of administrative discretion, students will not be permitted to make or receive phone calls on their cellular devices during the school day. Large headphones, such as Beats, are not permitted outside of the cafeteria.

Social Media Policy Change

Students may use social media sites while at school:

  • During passing periods and lunch; and
  • In the classroom if part of pre-approved course and/or school-sponsored activities. Students who post content, whether while at school or at home, that violates school codes of conduct and creates a substantial disruption to the educational environment will be subject to disciplinary action.

The principal and his/her designee may ask for passwords for students' social media accounts if there is reasonable and just cause to believe that the accounts contain evidence that school displinary codes have been violated.