Electronic Devices Policy
Per WCPSS Board Policy, “no student shall use, display, transmit or have in the on position on school property any wireless communication device or personal entertainment device, including but not necessarily limited to, cell phones, pagers, two-way radios, CD/ MP3 players, and electronic games, or any laser pointer or similar devices until after the conclusion of the instructional day.” To simplify even further—this means that students should not use these devices during the instructional day AND that their devices should NOT be visible to staff members. Students who disregard this rule will have their device confiscated.
There are, however, times built into the schedule for use of electronic devices. The first is during the period between 7:00-7:20 am when students are in the commons areas. During this time, students will be permitted to use their devices as long as they are within one of the commons areas. Students can also use their devices during their assigned lunch period when they are in the commons area. These are the only times and places where electronic devices should be seen and/or used. At no point should students be using (or even displaying) prohibited electronic devices in the hallways, stairwells, classroom pods, or any other location other than the commons area.
Failure to comply with this policy will result in a student’s device being confiscated automatically by a staff member, and a parent/guardian will be required to pick it up from the main office after 2:30 pm. Failure to comply with a staff member’s request to surrender a device will not only make the student subject to consequences for violating the electronic device policy, but also policies for noncompliance/insubordination, which may be grounds for suspension.