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Indian River Board of Ed Revises District's Cell Phone Policy

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SELBYVILLE, Del.- The Indian River Board of Education on Monday approved a series of changes to the district's policy regulating the possession and use of cell phones by students.

Under the revised policy, middle and high school students must power off all cell phones, pagers and other communication devices and either place them in their lockers prior to attending homeroom in the morning, or leave them in their vehicles prior to entering the building. These devices may not be retrieved by the student until the end of the school day. Any students found in possession of a cell phone during the school day will be in violation of the policy. Students are also prohibited from using cell phones on school buses during the ride to and from school and during school-sponsored activities.

For each violation up to three, students will be placed on social probation for a period of 20 calendar days. A conference must also be held with the parent or guardian. Students on social probation are prohibited from participating in extra-curricular activities.

Students in violation of this policy may receive a first offense waiver, which will allow them to participate in extra-curricular activities if they surrender their phone or communication device to a school administrator for the entire period of the social probation (20 days).

Any student who violates this policy more than three times will be referred to the assistant superintendent, who may order the phone to be held for the remainder of the school year. The student may also be subject to additional sanctions that include out-of-school suspension, social probation, privilege restrictions and alternative school placements. 

Copies of the revised policy can be found on the Indian River School District website: (Policy JG Student Discipline, Pages 12, 13 and 14, "Suspendable Offenses," subsection f.)     

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