Cell Phone Policy
Cell Phones & Personal Communication Devices
Bedford County Board of Education Policy 6.312
Students may possess personal communication devices and personal electronic devices so long as such devices are turned off and stored in backpacks, purses, or personal carry-alls. Such devices include, but are not limited to, wearable technology such as eyeglasses, rings, or watches that have the capability to record, live stream, or interact with wireless technology; cell phones; laptops, tablets; and mp3 players. However, a teacher may grant permission for the use of these devices to assist with instruction in his/her classroom, and teachers are encouraged to integrate the devices into their course work. The principal or his/her designee may also grant a student permission to use such a device at his/her discretion. Students may not use devices to photograph or video others without consent.
A student in violation of this policy is subject to disciplinary action. Students must comply with internet usage guidelines as set forth in Policy 4.406 (Acceptable Use) and must also abide by the corresponding agreements that are signed and on file with the district’s technology department.
Students must comply with a teacher’s request to turn off a device. Unauthorized use or improper storage of a device will result in confiscation until such time as it shall be released to the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s). Repeat offenses could result in suspension from school.
Any action deemed in violation of Policy 6.304 (Student Discrimination, Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, Intimidation) will be dealt with as prescribed in policy.
Possession of a cellular telephone under the circumstances set forth in this policy is a privilege which may be forfeited by a student who fails to abide by the terms of this policy.
The Bedford County Board of Education, its schools, and employees assume no responsibility or liability for the loss or damage to any student’s personal communication device, or for the unauthorized use of a student’s personal communication device.