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Personal Communications Devices in Schools

These guidelines have been updated since the publication of the 2013-2014 Student Parent Handbook.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

HCPSS is starting a pilot BYOD program for using student devices in the classroom. This pilot is being implemented at the following three high schools:

  • Long Reach High School
  • Mt. Hebron High School
  • River Hill High School

Learn more about the HCPSS BYOD Pilot.

Guidelines for High School Students

Students are permitted to carry personal communication devices with them during the school day. They must be turned off or in silent mode at all times. These devices may not disrupt instructional times and should be put away (in a pocket, backpack, notebook, or locker). Instructional time is defined as from the sound of the late bell to the sound of the dismissal bell.

Students may use their personal communication devices before or after school hours, during lunch, and during hallway/transition times.

Guidelines for Middle School Students

Students are permitted to carry personal communication devices with them during the school day. They must be turned off or in silent mode at all times. These devices may not disrupt instructional times and should be put away (in a pocket, notebook, or locker).

Students may use their personal communication devices before or after school hours.

Students will be allowed additional access for cell phone usage as students, staff, and parents work collaboratively to assess needs and communicate the positive responsibility of digital citizenship. Each school will work towards permitting cell phone use during cafeteria/recess and hallway/transition times by the end of first semester.

Guidelines for Elementary School Students

Students are permitted to have personal communication devices in their backpacks during the school day. They must be turned off during school hours.

Students may use their personal communication devices before or after school hours.

Students may use personal communication devices with the classroom teacher's/administrator's permission in the front office or classroom.

Guidelines for All Students

Students are expected to follow the HCPSS Policy 8080 - Responsible Use of Technology and Social Media at all times.

As contained in the Student Code of Conduct, the following statement provides general guidance regarding the student use of portable communication devices:

It is a violation for students to exhibit irresponsible or unacceptable use of personal communication devices/cellular telephones during the school day as defined in the Student/Parent Handbook.

Individuals will be permitted to use personal technology devices in accordance with related HCPSS policies. Failure to comply with these policies may result in the temporary or permanent revocation of use privileges, in addition to any other disciplinary action that may be taken.

HCPSS is not responsible for lost or damaged devices.

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