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Giles Schools Have New Electronic Devices Policy

The Use of Personal Communications and Electronic Devices Policy has changed to require students to turn off their cell phones and other electronic devices at the beginning of school and provides guidelines for disciplining offenders of the policy.

For a first offense, the student's cell phone would be confiscated and returned at the end of the school day.

Director of Schools Phillip Wright said a court ruling has prompted school system's to stop the practice of keeping students' cell phones overnight or over weekends when they are confiscated. In that case he said a student whose phone had been confiscated over the weekend was in an accident and the student's parents sued the school district.

Discipline for subsequent offenses will be left to the discretion of principals until a system-wide Code of Conduct can be completed.

The Code of Conduct, which is in the process of being developed, will give principals guidelines on how to handle discipline for more than one offense of the policy.

"We don't want students using them in the classrooms now because they have their own devices provided by the schools," Wright said. "When the bell rings we want them put away."

Wright said principals could decide to allow the use of cell phones and other communications devices at specific times such as lunch.