GERMANTOWN MUNICIPAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
Cell Phones /Personal Communication Devices – (Policy #6.312)
Students may possess personal communication devices and personal electronic devices, including cell phones, laptops, tablets, wearable technology such as eye glasses, rings, or watches that have the capability to record, live stream, or interact with wireless technology, and MP3 players on school property as long as the devices are turned off and stored in backpacks, purses, or personal carry-alls. However, with prior approval from the principal or his/her designee, a teacher may grant permission for the use of these devices in his/her classroom. Students should not remove cell phones or any other electronic/communication device for personal usage at any point during the school day, without the appropriate approval. School/District administrators may, if they have reasonable suspicion to do so, search any cell phone brought onto any GMSD property, which includes but is not limited to parking areas or any other property the designated for school use. The school is not responsible for any lost, damaged, or stolen devices while on school property. Unauthorized use or improper storage of a device will result in confiscation until such time as it may be released to the student’s parents or guardian. A student in violation of this policy is subject to disciplinary actions. A student found to be in violation of this policy shall have the device taken and kept by the school principal or his/her designee until the following school day. The school shall determine a time and place the device may be picked up by the parent/guardian the next school day following the day the device was taken. If the device is not picked up the next day, the parent shall coordinate with the school to determine when the device can be picked up. For each subsequent violation of this policy, the student shall receive additional consequences in accordance with the district-wide discipline policy.