WCS Board Wireless Communication Policy
Policy Code: 4318 Use of Wireless Communication Devices
The Board of Education recognizes that the possession of wireless communication devices is a matter of convenience and safety for students and parents, but the use of these devices can also be a disruption of the instructional process. Through this policy, the Board of Education provides students the privilege of possession of wireless communication devices on school property, subject to the following provisions.
- Authorized Use
Students are permitted to possess such devices on school property so long as the devices are not activated, used, displayed, or visible during the instructional day or as other directed by school rules or school personnel with the following provision. The school principal may develop and make available a plan for specific times and locations when students may access their wireless communication devices without consequences. Wireless communication devices include, but are not limited to, cellular telephones, electronic devices with internet capability, paging devices, two-way radios, or any similar device.
Although use generally is permitted before and after school, use of cellular phones and other wireless communication devices may be prohibited on school buses when noise from such devices interferes with the safe operation of the buses. In addition, elementary and middle school students who participate in after-school programs are prohibited from using wireless communications devices during such programs.
Students are personally responsible for the security of their wireless communication devices. The school system will not be responsible for the theft, loss, or damage of a cellular phone or other personal wireless communication devices.
- Consequences of Unauthorized Use
The consequences for possessing a wireless communication device in violation of this
policy will be:
- First offense: A warning will be issued to the student. The wireless communication device will be confiscated by school personnel and returned to the student at the end of the day.
- Second offense: The wireless communication device will be confiscated and held until a parent conference is conducted. The student will be assigned disciplinary consequences pursuant to Policy 6400, Student Conduct and Discipline
- Third offense: The wireless communication device will be confiscated and held until the end of the school year. The student will be assigned disciplinary consequences pursuant to Policy 6400, Student Conduct and Discipline.
- Fourth and subsequent offenses: The wireless communication device will be confiscated and held until the end of the school year. The student will be assigned
disciplinary consequences pursuant to Policy 6400, Student Conduct and Discipline.
- Search of Wireless Communication Devices
In accordance with Policy 4342, Student Searches, a student’s wireless communication
device and its contents, including, but not limited to, text messages and digital photos,
may be searched whenever a school official has reason to believe the search will
provide evidence that the student has violated or is violating a law, board policy, the
Code of Student Conduct, or a school rule. The scope of such searches must be
reasonably related to the objectives of the search and not excessively intrusive in
light of the nature of the suspected infraction.
Legal References: G.S. 115C-391 and G.S. 115C-36
Cross References: Student Searches (Policy 4342)
Adopted: December 11, 2006
Revised: July 27, 2009
Revised: July 16, 2018