Oliver Wendell Holmes Middle School

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Cell Phones/Electronic Devices

Cell Phones/Electronic Devices
It is the policy of the Los Angeles Unified School District to prohibit the use of cellular phones or any electronic device by students on campus during normal school hours.
Students are permitted to use cellular phones or any other electronic device on campus before and after school or during school activities that occur outside of school hours.
Students are permitted to possess cellular phones and other electronic devices on campus provided that any such device shall remain "turned off" and stored in a locker, backpack, purse, pocket, or other place where it is not visible during normal school hours.
For District, state, and national assessments, students are prohibited access to any unauthorized electronic devices at any time during the entire testing session.
Students must comply anytime a request is made by school personnel to cease the use of a cellular phone or other electronic device even before or after school.
Students who do not follow district policy will face the following consequences:
     1. Cell phones used during the school day will be confiscated and sent to the Dean's office.
     2. Parents will be called to notify them of the first offense and returned to the student at the end of the day.
     3. After the first offense cell phones will not be returned to the student, parents will be called to come and pick up cell phones.
Students must always behave lawfully and refrain from encouraging other students to act unlawfully. Unlawful activities that can be conducted through social media that will be fully investigated, includes (but is not limited to):
      1) Cyber-Bullying/Threats
      2) Sexual Harassment/"Sexting"/Inappropriate Pictures
      3) Drug Sales
      4) Cheating and Plagiarism
      5) Prejudice and Hate Crimes
Cyberbullying is conducted via electronic communication technology (texts, pictures, emails, blogs, or other postings) that infringes upon the safety and well-being of a student, or interferes with the learning or teaching environment. A person who engages in cyberbullying at school or school related activities may be subject to a full investigation and disciplinary action. Cyberbullying that occurs off campus but disrupts the instructional environment of the school may fall under District jurisdiction and subject to disciplinary action.
The District or the school is not responsible for lost or stolen cellular phones or other electronic/personal items of value such as Ipods, cameras, electronic games, radios, laptops, tablets, etc.