Use of Personal Communication Devices in School
A “personal communication device” (PCD) such as a cell phone, IPOD, IPAD, etc., is a device that emits an audible signal, vibrates, displays a message or otherwise summons or delivers a communication to the possessor.
A “personal electronic device” (PED) is a device that can be used as a camera, a recorder, a player, or any such item that electronically transmits or receives a signal, image, sound file, data file or message.
PCDs and PEDs including but not limited to CD players, iPods, MP3 players, netbooks, laptop or notebook computers or iPads may be stored in backpacks, purses, or personal carry-all’s. PCDs and PEDs should be silenced or turned off unless permission is granted otherwise as follows. However, the use of the devices is forbidden during the academic day, on a school-sponsored trip, or during ESP unless approved by the principal or the principal’s designee or the ESP site director or ESP site director’s designee. This is not intended to discourage the use of these devices for instructional purposes, but to establish parameters and appropriate oversight for their use. Improper use or storage of PCDs and PEDs may result in confiscation of the device until it can be released directly to a student’s parents and/or guardians. A student in violation of this policy is subject to related disciplinary action.
Inappropriate use of PCD, PED, and/or Electronic Devices
In addition to the parameters established above, use of a PCD or PED to bully, harass or intimidate others will be subject to related disciplinary action. Using a PCD or PED for any illicit activity including but not limited to take, disseminate, transfer, or share obscene, pornographic, lewd, or otherwise illegal images, photographs, or similar material whether by electronic data transfer or otherwise may constitute a crime under State and/or Federal law. Any student taking, disseminating, transferring, possessing or sharing obscene, pornographic, lewd, illegal, or otherwise inappropriate images or photographs of other students or any other under age individual at school, on a school bus or while attending any school event or activity will be subject to the disciplinary procedures of the school district and reported to law enforcement and other appropriate State or Federal agencies.
PCDs and PEDs shall not be used to record and/or video school personnel or students without the principal’s or principal’s designee’s permission.
Any school employee who discovers a student using, accessing, or displaying a PCD, PED, or electronic device in violation of this policy shall report the violation to the principal. The device will be confiscated. Any student who possesses a PCD, PED, or electronic device in violation of this policy is subject to disciplinary action.
Students may use cell phones while attending after school activities, not including ESP, with permission of staff.
Cell phones or any other personal communication devices are not to be used, accessed or displayed while on any school bus.
Possession of a cell phone 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 Murfreesboro City School Board, its schools, nor its employees assume any responsibility or liability for the loss of or damage to any student’s personal communication device, or for the unauthorized use of a student’s personal communication device.
Board Policy STU 43
T.C.A §49-6-1014- T.C.A. §49-6-1018