Balmoral Elementary School issued the following announcement on July 7.
At the June 20, 2018 Board of Education meeting, the Crete-Monee District 201U revised and adopted the following policy regarding the use of cell phones and other electronic devices during the school day on Crete-Monee campuses. The full text of the policy is below. In short, students will not be allowed to use cell phones or other electronic devices at any time during the school day (from the beginning to end of the student attendance day), except in case of emergency.
Students found to be using cell phones or other electronic devices during the student attendance day are subject to consequences ranging from a verbal warning to out-of-school suspension at the discretion of the administration.
We thank you in advance for your support of this policy. Implementing this policy will help us create a safe, productive learning environment at Crete-Monee High School.
7:193 Electronic Signaling and Cellular Communication Devices
Crete-Monee School District understands the implementation of technology in schools, such as cell phones, can be used as learning tools. However, it is a challenge to make sure students are using them for school-related tasks. A cell phone can easily turn from “classroom learning tool” into “classroom disruption” such as texting, cheating, cyberbullying, disconnection from real-world activities, etc.
Students are permitted to possess cellular radio-communication devices, In-Ear Monitor (IEM) devices, Intra Concha devices and/or any other electronic device capable of receiving or sending telephonic messages, electronic messages or text messages while on school property and during school-sponsored functions.
Students are not permitted to use any devices defined in this policy during student attendance days during those periods of time when classes are in session (start of school to the end of school) unless there is a crisis situation within the school which requires communication to obtain emergency services.
Under no circumstances shall a student use or permit a device defined in this policy to be operated in a manner which disrupts the educational process or causes disruption on school grounds or during any school-sponsored functions. This includes, but is not limited to, the wearing of In-Ear-Monitor(IEM)/Intra-Concha devices, behind-the-neck device, over-the-ear device, on-the-ear device, wireless/cordless devices, clip-on devices, devices used to sync by Bluetooth, recording others without their permission, the ringing of a telephone, or any other audible alerts emitted from the device.
No staff member, Building Administration, Central Office Administration, and/or Board of Education Member will be responsible for Electronic Signaling and Cellular Communication Devices that are lost, stolen, and/or left unattended.
Students who violate the policy above will be subject to discipline. Discipline measures may include the following:
Warning through 3 attendance days out-of-school suspension. In some cases, juvenile or police authorities may be contacted.
Note: All documented infractions will be added to the student discipline database
ADOPTED: February 16, 2010
REVISED: June 10, 2014; May 17, 2016; June 20, 2018
Crete-Monee School District 201-U
Original source can be found here.