LCS Considers New Cell Phone Policy

Student using a cell phone
Student using a cell phone

LaRue County Schools leaders reviewed a proposed telecommunications policy Monday, May 20, during the monthly Board of Education meeting. The new policy details acceptable student use of cell phones and similar devices.

High school students would no longer be permitted to use cell phones during their lunch period. Devices may be turned on and operated only before and after school unless an emergency situation exists that involves imminent physical danger or a teacher or administrator gives a student permission.

“More than anything, we want to provide students a safe environment, and irresponsible cell phone use can be an unnecessary risk to student safety,” said superintendent David Raleigh.

The new policy also outlines consequences for violating the policy and the confiscation procedures. On the first offense, the action taken includes confiscating the phone, which the student may obtain at the end of the day. On a second offense, a parent or guardian may obtain the phone after signing off on the acceptable use policy. Additional offenses lead to various consequences including in-school suspension, Saturday school or alternative school.

In the case of a confiscated cell phone, the student will deposit the phone in a secure storage container under the guidance of administrative personnel. Phones will be individually bagged and labeled. The time and date as well as the make, model and visible condition of the device will be logged.

The new policy was drafted by a committee that included LCS School Resource Officer Brandon Boone, high school and district leaders, LCS Board Attorney Tom Claycomb and LaRue County Attorney Kyle Williamson. Additionally, staff of the Kentucky School Boards Association provided guidance for the policy.

“I want to thank each member of the committee for their role in developing a very clear policy and an effective procedure for addressing violations,” Raleigh said.

Monday’s first reading was included in the Board of Education’s consent agenda, in which the board voted to approve the first reading and multiple other routine administrative actions. A second and final reading is expected June 17. Information sessions would  be scheduled later in the summer to ensure awareness among students and parents.

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