Cell Phones, Internet Usage and Other Electronic Devices Revised 8-14-18
While electronic devices certainly make life more convenient, they can also be disruptive to the educational environment. Use of cell phones during the school day also create issues that impede the school’s responsibility in maintaining and safe and positive school environment. The use of cell phones at school make it more difficult for us to protect students against bullying, harassment, and exposure to inappropriate materials.
Therefore, it is ECA’s policy that:
CELL PHONES AND PERSONAL ELECTRONIC DEVICES (INCLUDING EAR BUDS AND HEAD PHONES) ARE PROHIBITED IN ALL CLASSROOMS AND HALLWAYS AT THE EARLY COLLEGE OF ARVADA. STUDENTS ARE TO TURN ALL DEVICES OFF DURING THE SCHOOL DAY AND KEEP THE DEVICES EITHER IN A LOCKER OR BACKPACK.
High school students MAY use their phones during their lunch hour as long as their phones are turned off and stored prior to returning to class. Phone usage during lunch is governed by school policy. Any inappropriate use of a phone during lunch (ie bullying, accessing inappropriate material, etc) will result in the confiscation of the phone and the loss of phone privileges at lunch. Middle school students are NOT permitted to use their phones at lunch.
Electronics should be turned off and remain in the student’s backpack or secured locker while in the building. All electronic communication devices including cell phones will be confiscated at any time if the student using the device is doing so in violation of school policy, if the device in question disrupts the learning environment, and/or is otherwise used in a manner that violates the privacy or safety rights of others. This includes the use of student cameras or camera apps on school property. A student will be required to surrender their device when asked by a teacher, staff or administrator.
Confiscated electronics will be tracked according to these steps:
- 1st Offense > Student may pick up their device at the front desk after 3pm dismissal.
- 2nd Offense > Parents must pick up their phone from the front desk or office before or after school.
- 3rd Offense > Disciplinary referral and contact with the Director of Student Safety, Character & Culture.
According to the ECA Discipline Matrix and Student Parent Handbook “refusal to render the device becomes argumentative or defiant” and automatically becomes a Level 2 Disciplinary Referral.
Parents, we ask that you all help us enforce this policy to ensure academic integrity in our school. Please avoid communicating with your student in a way that would lead them to violate our cell phone policy.
Students will not be allowed to bring their own personal electronic devices to school ie, ipods, ipads, laptops ect. ECA is not responsible for damage and or theft of any personal electronic devices. Ear buds or head phones will only be used in the classroom at the teacher’s discretion in conjunction with a school issued chrome book for instructional purposes. Ear buds are not authorized in the hallways.
Computers, computer files, the email system, and software furnished to students are the School’s property intended for education-program based use. Students shall not use a password, access a file, or retrieve any stored communication without authorization. The School reserves the right to monitor information stored in electronic systems, at any time, for any reason. The School cannot and does not guarantee the privacy of information created, received, or sent from electronic systems.
School electronic systems may not be used to solicit others for commercial ventures, religious or political causes, outside organizations, or other non-school matters.
The School purchases and licenses the use of various computer software programs for education purposes and does not own the copyright to this software or its related documentation. Unless authorized by the software developers, the School does not have the right to reproduce such software for use on more than one computer. Students may use software on local area networks or on multiple machines only according to the software license agreement. The School prohibits the illegal duplication of software and its related documentation. Students must notify the school’s administration upon learning of violations of this policy.