After several meetings with middle school and high school administrators with extensive experience enforcing school rules and School Committee policies, the following is a set of protocols for age-appropriate implementation of the newly-modified policy on electronic devices:

At the middle school level*:  It is the expectation that all student cell phones and electronic devices will be turned off and kept out of sight during the school day. In the event of a student violating the cell phone policy, the following steps toward progressive discipline will be implemented:

1st Offense – Verbal warning

2nd Offense – Phone is confiscated by an administrator, kept in a locked location, returned to the student at the end of the day

3rd Offense & Beyond – Phone is confiscated by an administrator and returned  subsequent to a parent meeting

*Note:  Repeat offenders may require safety plans designed by a school administrator especially for the student to eliminate the potential for disruption of the school day.  Repeated violations of the cell phone policy are not conducive to learning, can create unsafe learning environments and can substantially impede the ability of students to learn.  Therefore out of school suspensions are an option in certain circumstances.

At the high school level* – Cell phone use by students during the school day will be limited to the cafeteria during the lunch period or only with specific permission from a teacher or administrator. In the event of a student violating the cell phone policy, the following steps toward progressive discipline will be implemented:

1st Offense – Verbal warning

2nd Offense – Phone is confiscated by an administrator, kept in a locked location, returned to the student at the end of the day

3rd Offense & Beyond – Phone is confiscated by an administrator and returned subsequent to a parent meeting

Note:  Refusal to surrender a phone to an administrator is tantamount to direct insubordination and may result in discipline penalties up to and including suspension from school. Repeated violations of the cell phone policy are not conducive to learning, can create unsafe learning environments and can substantially impede the ability of students to learn.  Therefore out of school suspensions are an option in certain circumstances.

General Rules:

    1. If students need to contact parents or guardians during the school day the proper procedure is to utilize the phone in the main office.
    2. If parents or guardians need to contact a student during the school day the proper procedure is to call into the main office and the student will then be contacted by school staff.