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Cell phone, electronics policy for students

The Natchitoches Parish School System is committed to providing students a learning environment that is conducive to quality instruction, as well as protecting the students’ personal privacy on the school campus, bus and at off-campus school sponsored events. For this reason, the following personal items ARE NOT ALLOWED DURING THE INSTRUCTIONAL DAY. (The instructional day will be defined by the time students arrive on campus OR boards a bus in the morning until the time they are officially dismissed in the afternoon OR disembark from a bus at the end of the day

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•cell phones

•texting devices

•ringing devices

•emailing devices

•cameras

•facsimile system

•radio paging system

•intercoms

•MP3 players

•iPads/tablets

•iPods

•e-Readers

•recording devices

•smart watches

•electronic gaming devices or any other similar devices not listed ).

If a classroom search is conducted, a student found in possession of any item listed above will receive ISS (in school suspension) or Saturday School for the first offense.

Pre-K through Fourth Grade Cell Phone Policy

Offenses will be handled at the principal’s discretion.

Fifth through Eighth Grade Cell Phone Policy

First Offense: The device will be seized and held for 3 days. The phone will be returned after 3 days. Second Offense: The device shall be seized and held for five (5) school days, and the student shall receive one day ISS if they surrender the phone or 3 days Oss if they refuse to surrender the phone. After five (5) school days, one or both parents/guardians of the student and the student must meet with the principal in charge of discipline whereby the device shall be returned to the parent/guardian. Third Offense: The device shall be seized and held for seven (7) school days, and the student shall be suspended out of school for three (3) days if they surrender the phone or five (5) school days if they refuse to surrender the phone. After seven (7) school days, one or both parents/guardians of the student and the student must meet with the principal in charge of discipline whereby the device will be returned to the parent/guardian. Fourth Offense: The device shall be seized and the student shall be recommended for expulsion to an alternate site. After the expulsion hearing has been conducted the device shall be returned to the parent or guardian.

Ninth through 12th Grade Cell Phone Policy

First Offense: The device will be seized and held for 5 days. The phone will be returned after 5 days. Second Offense: The device shall be seized and held for seven (7) school days, and the student shall receive one day ISS if they surrender the phone or 3 days OSS if they refuse to surrender the phone. After seven (7) school days, one or both parents/guardians of the student and the student must meet with the principal in charge of discipline whereby the device shall be returned to the parent/guardian. Third Offense: The device shall be seized and held for two (2) weeks, and the student shall be suspended out of school for three (3) school days if they surrender the phone or five (5) school days if they refuse to surrender the phone. After two (2) weeks, one or both parents/guardians of the student and the student must meet with the principal in charge of discipline whereby the device will be returned to the student. Fourth Offense: The device shall be seized and the student shall be recommended for expulsion to an alternate site. After the expulsion hearing has been conducted the device shall be returned to the student.

Any material or pictures deemed to be inappropriate, illegal or malicious by the administration will be turned over to local law enforcement personnel. Students will be allowed to store the phone in their locker during the school day. Afterschool activity/extracurricular sponsors are to provide a student access to a school phone for schedule changes, etc. A high school student may use their phone if they are outside the building at final dismissal.

ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN EMPLOYEES, CONTRACTORS, AFFILIATES AND STUDENTS

The Natchitoches Parish School Board prohibits electronic communications by an employee at a school to a student enrolled at that school which are not specifically related to educational services. Any electronic communication made by an employee at a school to a student enrolled at that school or that is received by an employee at a school from a student enrolled at that school using a means other than one provided by or made available by the school system shall be reported by the employee and the records be maintained by the NPSB for a period of at least one year. Any violation of this policy shall be immediately investigated by the employee’s supervisor and may be reported to law enforcement.

COMPUTER ACCESS AND USE REGULATIONS

1. The use of the school computer network by students will be appropriate for educational uses including research and exchange of information consistent with the goals of the Natchitoches Parish System.

2. The Natchitoches Parish School System computer network may not be used for commercial, political or religious purposes.

3. Every effort has been made to block access of obscene or pornographic material on the Natchitoches Parish School System computer network. Sites which contain information on the manufacturing of bombs or other incendiary materials shall also be prohibited. Any attempt to circumvent these efforts is prohibited and will result in the loss of all computer privileges at the school.

4. Using e-mail to send material that might offend or be objectionable to anyone (e.g. obscene language, harassing, insulting or attacking others) is prohibited.

5. Use of the Natchitoches Parish School System computer network to harass users or infiltrate other computer systems is strictly prohibited.

6. Student users must respect copyright laws.

7. Subscriptions to list servers, bulletin boards, and any online service must be approved by the teacher and/or the district technology coordinator.

8. No student shall try to improperly access, misappropriate, or misuse files, data. or information belonging to other network users.

9. No student shall give out personal information (e.g. complete name, address, phone number and identifiable photo) when using the system.

10. If a student is granted a student account, the student must never share the account with anyone or leave the account open or unattended. The student must keep all information about his/her account and passwords confidential.

11. No software from home may be put on any district computer. No diskette or storage media devices (jump drives, flash drives, etc.) from home or personal use are to be used on any school/district computer. If data is to be saved on a diskette, the diskette will be supplied by the teacher.

12. No files are to be downloaded from remote sources without the direct supervision of the teacher.

13. No student is to access the network at any time unless specifically directed to do so by the teacher.