DCSD Cell Phone Policy

CELL PHONE POLICY

 

Darlington County School District policy allows the possession of cell phones by students on campus during the regular school day. 

 

However, during the school day (defined as being from the time a student arrives on campus each morning until school is dismissed for the day), cell phones may not be used by students and cell phones must be turned off and not carried in a visible manner. 

 

If a student is carrying a cell phone in a visible manner or is discovered with a cell phone turned on during the school day, the phone will be confiscated and returned during a parent conference.  A second violation during the same school year will result in confiscation of the cell phone, and it will not be returned until the end of the school year, regardless of contracts, monthly payments, etc.  This is also according to Darlington County School District Policy.

 

Not only are cell phones a potential distraction to the classroom learning environment, but the technology available on many cell phones makes it possible for students to photograph and send copies of tests to other students, text message test questions to other students, and otherwise compromise the integrity of our teachers’ assessments and grading of student learning.

 

There is no reason that a student should need to use a cell phone during the regular school day.  There would not be an instance requiring an emergency communication with a student in which our school would fail to assist a student, parent, or other responsible adult with that situation by using a school telephone.

 

All cell phones that are confiscated (for the first time) on the school campus/bus may be returned to parents.