Cell Phone/Electronic Devices/Camera
Cell phones or any personal electronic devices (including but not limited to mp3 devices, IPod, smartphones, gaming devices, smart watches, etc.) may not be used, or worn, at any time on campus during school hours without teacher or administrative permission. This includes taking pictures or text messaging. Electronic devices must not be seen or heard during school hours. At no time may electronic devices be used in restrooms or locker rooms.
Teachers, staff, or administration may confiscate a cell phone or electronic device if found in use by the student at any time during the school day. Items will be labeled and locked in the front office. If confiscated, a parent or legal guardian must meet with the Director, or other administrator, in order to retrieve the device and may be charged a $20 fee.
LPA is not responsible for damage to or loss of valuable items and does not carry insurance to cover replacement, or repair of, lost, stolen or damaged property belonging to individual students. It is recommended that students do not bring valuables to the school campus.
The use of a camera is strictly prohibited on school premises without teacher or administrative permission. Students who violate this provision of the policy will have the device confiscated and only returned to a parent.
At no time may any electronic communication device or camera be utilized in a way that threatens, humiliates, harasses, or intimidates school-related individuals, including students, employees, and visitors; or violates local, state, or federal law. This includes the intent to annoy, alarm, intimidate, offend, abuse, threaten, harass, frighten, or disrupt the electronic communication of another.
A person is guilty of voyeurism that intentionally uses any recording device that is concealed or disguised to secretly or covertly record or view electronically any portion of an individual’s body for which the individual has a reasonable expectation of privacy.
It is also prohibited for any individual to record, display or forward any material that could be considered pornographic, lewd or inappropriate in a school setting.
Violation of this policy can result in discipline up to and including suspension or expulsion, and notification of law enforcement authorities.
With prior approval of the administration, the above prohibitions may be relaxed under the following circumstances:
- The use is specifically required to implement a student’s current and valid IEP
- The use is at the direction of a teacher for educational purposes
- The use is determined by the administration to be necessary for other special circumstances, health-related reasons, or emergency