• Atlanta Public Schools Use of Electronic Devices by StudentsStudent Possession of Cell Phones and Electronic Devices

    The possession of mobile telephones and other personalelectronic devices (PEDs) is a privilege extended to students with theexpressed, written consent of their parents/guardians. Due to the potentialdisruption a mobile telephone or PED may cause to the instructional environmentthe disciplinary actions outlined below will be strictly enforced.

    The use of mobile telephones or other PEDs is forbidden forstudents during the instructional day.

    Specifically:

    • Thispolicy is in effect from the time a student arrives at school until thecompletion of the instructional day. Students with permission to possess PEDsmay use them during afterschool activities as allowed by the school principalor designee.
    • Studentsare prohibited by law from using any electronic devices during the operation ofa school bus, including but not limited to cell phones
    • Studentsare never permitted to use mobile phones or other electronic devices in therestrooms and locker rooms.
    • Studentsare not allowed to have cell phones on silent alert or send text messagesduring the instructional day.
    • *Photographing,audio recording or videotaping on Atlanta Public Schools property is notallowed at any time without the expressed, written consent of the students, staffmembers or other persons being photographed or recorded.
    • Theparent or legal guardian must complete the Parent Permission Form for a MobileTelephone/Personal Electronic Device each school year before the student isallowed to possess a device on school property.
     
    Student Searches and Confiscation
    • School officials may search a student if there is reasonable suspicion the student isin possession of an item that is illegal or against school rules
    • Students who refuse to cooperate with general or reasonable suspicion searches will receivedisciplinary action
    • All staff members have the right to confiscate mobile phones when used in violationof policy JCDAF and its implementing regulation. If a student refuses torelinquish a phone or other device to a school staff member, the student willreceive disciplinary action.
    • The Atlanta Public Schools assumes noliability for the theft, loss or damage of mobile telephones and other PED spossessed by students on school property or held by school officials during theconfiscation period. APS employees will not be responsible for searching forlost or stolen mobile phone or other PEDs.

    Disciplinary Consequences and Actions 

    • Photographing, recording orvideotaping of students or other persons in any state of undress may constitutea violation of federal law. Any violation will result in serious disciplinary consequences,up to and including expulsion or assignment to alternative school
    • Any unauthorized (*see above) photographing,recording or videotaping on APS property will result in the device beingconfiscated and the student’s loss of the privilege of possessing a mobiletelephone or PED on school property for one (1) calendar year and a fine of$50.00
    • Use of a mobile phone during a testor quiz shall be considered a violation of the academic integrity policy. Anyviolation will result in the device being confiscated and will result in thestudent’s loss of the privilege of possessing a mobile telephone or PED onschool property for one (1) calendar year, a fine of $50.00, and the studentwill receive a grade of zero (0) on the test or quiz.
    • Disciplinary actions for studentswhose parent/legal guardians have completed the Parent Permission Form are asfollows:
    1. First violation: The device will be confiscated and returned only to theparent/legal guardian who must schedule a conference at the school to retrievethe item.
    2. Second violation: The device will be confiscated, the student will be fined$25.00, the student will receive one (1) day suspension, and the telephone ordevice will be returned only to the parent/legal guardian who must schedule aconference at the school to retrieve the item and pay the fine.
    3. Third violation: The phone will be confiscated, the student will lose theprivilege of possessing a mobile telephone or PED on school property for one(1) calendar year, the student will be fined $50.00 and receive a three (3) daysuspension.
    4. Fourth (or more) violation: The device will beconfiscated, the student will lose the privilege of possessing a mobiletelephone or PED on school property for one (1) calendar year, the student willbe fined $50.00 and referred to the Student Tribunal.

    Disciplinary actions for students whose parent/legal guardians have not completed the Parent Permission Form are as follows:

    1. First violation: The device will be confiscated,the student will be fined $25.00 and the telephone or device will be returnedonly to the parent/legal guardian who must schedule a conference at the schoolto retrieve the item and pay the fine. The parent/legal guardian will be giventhe opportunity to complete the Parent Permission Form at the first conference.
    2. Second violation: The device will be confiscatedand will result in the student’s loss of the privilege of possessing a mobiletelephone or PED on school property for one (1) calendar year and a fine of$50.00 and a five (5) day suspension.
    3. Third violation: The device will be confiscated,the student will lose the privilege of possessing a mobile telephone or PED onschool property for one (1) calendar year, the student will be fined $50.00 andreferred to the Student Tribunal.

    Failure to pay fines may result in sanctions untilrestitution is made, per board policy JS, Student Fees, Fines and Charges.