Key Board of Education Policies

Key Board of Education Policies
Posted on 12/28/2019
East Dragon

Recently all East CLC students and guardians received a letter from Mr. Kalain asking them to review key school and Akron Board of Education policies that will be reenforced when students return to school after break.

 

See below for a Copy of the letter sent by Mr. Kalain and an overview of those important policies.

 

 

 

 

Key School Board Policies for Students and Guardians

 

5136 - PERSONAL COMMUNICATION DEVICES

 

Students may use personal communication devices (PCDs) before and after school, during their lunch break, during after school activities (e.g., extra-curricular activities) at school-related functions, and on school buses or other Board-provided vehicles. Use of PCDs, except those approved by a teacher or administrator, at any other time is prohibited and they must be powered completely off (i.e., not just placed into vibrate or silent mode) and stored out of sight.

 

For purposes of this policy, "personal communication device" includes computers, tablets (e.g., iPads and similar devices), electronic readers ("e-readers"; e.g..Kindles and similar devices), cell phones (e.g., mobile/cellular telephones, smartphones (e.g., BlackBerry, iPhone, Android devices, Windows Mobile devices, etc.)), telephone paging devices (e.g., beepers or pagers), and/or other web- enabled devices of any type. Students may not use PCDs on school property or at a school-sponsored activity to access and/or view Internet web sites that are otherwise blocked to students at school. Students may use PCDs while riding to and from school on a school bus or other Board-provided vehicles or on a school bus or Board-provided vehicle during school-sponsored activities, at the discretion of the bus driver, classroom teacher, or sponsor/advisor/coach. Distracting behavior that creates an unsafe environment will not be tolerated.

 

Also, during after school activities, PCDs shall be powered completely off (not just placed into vibrate or silent mode) and stored out of sight when directed by the administrator or sponsor.

 

Under certain circumstances, a student may keep his/her PCD "On" with prior approval from the building principal.

 

Except as authorized by a teacher, administrator or IEP team, students are prohibited from using PCDs during the school day, including while off-campus on a field trip, to capture, record and/or transmit the words or sounds (i.e., audio) and/or images (i.e., pictures/video) of any student, staff member or other person. Using a PCD to capture, record and/or transmit audio and/or pictures/video of an individual without proper consent is considered an invasion of privacy and is not permitted. Students who violate this provision and/or use a PCD to violate the privacy rights of another person may have their PCD confiscated and held until the end of the school day and may be directed to delete the audio and/or picture/video file with the consent of the parent/guardian. If the violation involves potentially illegal activity the confiscated-PCD may be turned-over to law enforcement.

 

PCDs, including but not limited to those with cameras, may not be activated or utilized at any time in any school situation where a reasonable expectation of personal privacy exists. These locations and circumstances include, but are not limited to, classrooms, gymnasiums, locker rooms, shower facilities, rest/bathrooms, and any other areas where students or others may change clothes or be in any stage or degree of disrobing or changing clothes. The Superintendent and building principals are authorized to determine other specific locations and situations where use of a PCD is absolutely prohibited.

 

Students shall have no expectation of confidentiality with respect to their use of PCDs on school premises/property.

 

Students may not use a PCD in any way that might reasonably create in the mind of another person an impression of being threatened, humiliated, harassed, embarrassed or intimidated. See Policy 5517.01 – Bullying and Other Forms of Aggressive Behavior. In particular, students are prohibited from using PCDs to: (1) transmit material that is threatening, obscene, disruptive, or sexually explicit or that can be construed as harassment or disparagement of others based upon their race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, ancestry, or political beliefs; and (2) engage in "sexting" - i.e., sending, receiving, sharing, viewing, or possessing pictures, text messages, e-mails or other materials of a sexual nature in electronic or any other form. Violation of these prohibitions shall result in disciplinary action. Furthermore, such actions will be reported to local law enforcement and child services as required by law.

 

Students are also prohibited from using a PCD to capture, record, and/or transmit test information or any other information in a manner constituting fraud, theft, cheating, or academic dishonesty. Likewise, students are prohibited from using PCDs to receive such information.

 

Possession of a PCD by a student at school during school hours and/or during extra-curricular activities is a privilege that may be forfeited by any student who fails to abide by the terms of this policy, or otherwise abuses this privilege.

 

Violations of this policy may result in disciplinary action and/or confiscation of the PCD. The building principal will also refer the matter to law enforcement or child services if the violation involves an illegal activity (e.g., child pornography, sexting). Discipline will be imposed on an escalating scale ranging from a warning to an expulsion based on the number of previous violations and/or the nature of or circumstances surrounding a particular violation. If the PCD is confiscated, it will be released/returned to the student's parent/guardian after the student complies with any other disciplinary consequences that are imposed, unless the violation involves potentially illegal activity in which case the PCD may be turned-over to law enforcement. A confiscated device will be marked in a removable manner with the student's name and held in a secure location in the building's central office until it is retrieved by the parent/guardian or turned-over to law enforcement. School officials will not search or otherwise tamper with PCDs in District custody unless they reasonably suspect that the search is required to discover evidence of a violation of the law or other school rules. Any search will be conducted in accordance with Policy 5771 – Search and Seizure. If multiple offenses occur, a student may lose his/her privilege to bring a PCD to school for a designated length of time or on a permanent basis.

 

A person who discovers a student using a PCD in violation of this policy is required to report the violation to the building principal.

 

Students are personally and solely responsible for the care and security of their PCDs. The Board assumes no responsibility for theft, loss, or damage to, or misuse or unauthorized use of, PCDs brought onto its property.

 

Parents/Guardians are advised that the best way to get in touch with their child during the school day is by calling the school office.

 

Students may use school phones to contact parents/guardians during the school day, as designated by school personnel or the building principal.


Earbuds and headphones should also be out of sight unless given permission by a teacher or administrator.



DRESS AND GROOMING This Dress Code is intended to foster discipline, order, safety, health and an environment conducive to academic learning. The responsibility for understanding and adhering to the district-wide Dress Code rests with students and parents, and it is expected that students will come to school dressed and groomed in accordance with this Code. Building staff and administrators shall allow deviations from this Dress Code based on religious, medical or other special circumstances or for special school activities.


As a general rule, all garments must be neat, clean, properly sized, without holes and rips and in acceptable repair. Students may not wear anything that promotes gangs, tobacco, drug and alcohol use, sexual activity or anything illegal or immoral.


Head Hats (worn by males of females), caps, scarves, do-rags, and rollers are not permitted. Hair and hair accessories must be unobtrusive and should not create a distraction to education.


Face Earrings and make up must not be extreme, distracting, and unsafe or interfere with the education process. Students shall not have visible body piercings other than earrings.


Shirts Shirts must be properly sized and not tight fighting. Underwear, shoulders, chest, back and midsection may not be visible. All shirts must have a sleeve. No tank tops or spaghetti straps are permitted. Shirts cannot be longer than wrist level of a student’s arm.  If the shirt is longer than the wrist length, the shirt must be tucked in. If a shirt/blouse (females) it must have a camisole, tank or t-shirt under it to permit from exposing undergarment. Shirts should not display any profane language or anything associated with drugs, tobacco, or anything illegal. 


Bottoms All lower garments must be anchored at the natural waist and cannot drag on the ground or have writing across the seat. Tight-fitting, oversized, drooping and garments exposing more than mid-thigh are not permitted.  Pant waistbands may not be more than one inch bigger than the student’s actual waist size.  Pants cannot be gathered or drawn together at the waist and must be worn at the natural waist.  Underwear should not be visible nor should students have to hold their pants up. Pants with holes must have leggings underneath to not expose skin. There should be no writing across the seat of the pants. All leggings/joggers/yoga pants worn must have a shirt that completely covers the front and back; with the shirt being fingertip in length.


Shoes All footwear must be secure on the foot and not present a safety hazard. Slippers, flip-flops, stilettos (higher than 2 inches) and shower shoes are not permitted.

        

Belts     A belt must be worn if the pants will not stay at the student’s measured waistline.  Heavy chains will not be permitted.

 

Other All clothing designed as outerwear, worn to and from school, cannot be worn indoors during the regular school day. Clothing designed for sleepwear is prohibited.   

                

Accessories      Sunglasses cannot be worn in the building. All jewelry and accessories must not be distracting or create a safety hazard.



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