Cellular Phone Use for Students

  •  In accordance with RS 17:239, students are not permitted to use or operate any electronic telecommunication device unless authorized by the school principal.  The St. Mary Parish School System and /or individual schools will not be held responsible for lost, stolen, confiscated, or damaged electronic devices.  The St. Mary Parish School System will abide by the following regulation of all electronic telecommunication devices that include but are not limited to cell phones.  All Bluetooth enabled devices, Apple watches, other smart devices, headphones, smart watches, fitbits, etc., and any other similar electronic telecommunication device.

    1. Students in Grades PK- 5

      Electronic Telecommunication Devices are not permitted on campus during regular school hours for any reason for students in PK – 5th grades.

    2. Students in Grades 6-12
      1. Use or operation of electronic telecommunication devices is not permitted on any school bus used to transport public school students.

      2. Use or operation of electronic telecommunication devices is not permitted from the time students arrive on campus until the final dismissal bell rings.  Electronic telecommunication device usage for any purpose is not permitted during school hours.   Use or operation includes but is not limited to the following:

        1. Any visual and/or audible signal during school hours,

        2. Talking, sending or receiving text messages, listening to music, taking or receiving pictures/video on the phone.

      3. Students choosing to bring an electronic telecommunication device to campus must secure it in the off position completely powered down in a car or school locker during school hours.

      4. Consequences for Violation:

        1. First offense - The electronic telecommunication device will be confiscated by school administration for 15 school days. The cell phone will be given to the parent following a conference after the 15 day period.

        2. Second offense- The electronic telecommunication device will be confiscated by school administration for 30 school days and the student will receive 3 days of in school suspension.

        3. Subsequent offense - The parent and child will have a hearing with the child welfare and attendance officer with a recommendation of a 45 day assignment to the St. Mary Alternative Program. The electronic telecommunication device will be confiscated for 45 school days.