Rules & Regulations No. 5250

(Ref:) Policy No 5250


1.0 The purpose and intent of the Alpine Board of Education Policy on Interfering and Electronic Communication Devices is to vest in the school administrators the authority to enforce reasonable rules relating to such objects or devices in public schools.

  1. 1.1 An "interfering device" includes a device or object which does not constitute a weapon or explosive but may, if used or engaged, interfere with the educational process. Examples of such objects include any electronic communication such as cameras, lasers, laser pens or pointers, ipods, or other electronic equipment or devices.
  2. 1.2 An "electronic communication device" includes cell phones, camera phones, two-way radios or video broadcasting devices, pagers and any other device that allows a person to record and/or transmit, on either a real time or delayed basis, sound, video or still images, text or other information.
  3. 1.3 "Camera" includes any device for taking still or motion pictures, whether digital or other formats.

2.0 Guidelines

  1. 2.1 The principal of the school is hereby given the authority to make determinations as to specific locations and situations where possession or use of electronic communication devices and cameras is prohibited.
  2. 2.2 Students should not be subject to video or audio capture, recording or transmission of their words or images by any student at a school without prior notice and consent for the capture.
  3. 2.3 Administrators and classroom teachers may prohibit the possession or use of such devices at specific times and in specific circumstances.
  4. 2.4 When a student is scheduled to be in class or involved in a regular school activity, it is a violation of policy for the student to have in his or her possession an electronic communication device or camera which is in the "on" position and ready to receive, send, capture or record any communication, visual, image, sound, text message or other information.
  5. 2.5 Electronic communication devices and cameras may not be possessed, activated or utilized in school situations where a reasonable expectation of personal privacy exists. These locations include but are not limited to locker rooms, shower rooms, restrooms and any other areas where students or others may change clothes or be in any stage or degree of disrobing or changing clothes.
  6. 2.6 At no time may an electronic communication device be used by any student in a manner that might reasonably create in the mind of another person an impression of being threatened, humiliated, harassed or embarrassed or intimidated.
  7. 2.7 The school administration or teacher may take appropriate disciplinary action when policy is violated.
    1. 2.7.1 Violation of this policy may include the immediate confiscation of the interfering device. The confiscated device shall be given to the principal or his designee. The principal may return the device at the closing of the day or make arrangements to notify and meet with the parent/guardian for pick-up of the device.
    2. 2.7.2 The use of an interfering device or electronic communication device to threaten, intimidate or embarrass another or to capture and transmit test information or any other information in a manner constituting fraud, theft or academic dishonesty, will result in suspension as allowed in Policy No. 5180. Authority: 53A-3-402(15) Utah Code Annotated 53A-11- 901 et seq.

Board Approved: March 14, 2006

Board Approved: March 12, 2013

5250 Electronic Communication Devices Rule (last edited 2013-06-18 04:24:47 by Jennifer Bitton)