Connecticut Public Act (PA 96-108) requires that schools ban remotely activated paging devices unless there is written permission from the principal and gives schools the authority to restrict student possession or use of cell phones in school. The Hartford Board of Education recognizes that many students at all grade levels possess and bring cell phones, and other electronic devices, to school. These devices may include an iPod, iPhone, walkman, and other similar devices. It is recognized that parents may provide a cell phone to a student for safety or medical reasons. In consideration of the availability of electronic devices in our society, the Board will allow the possession of cell phones and other electronic devices at school, and school-sponsored events, as follows:
Cell phones and other electronic devices are permitted on school grounds and at school sponsored events but may not be used, heard or displayed during the school day.
If a student violates this policy by using or displaying a cell phone or other electronic device in school during the school day, the consequences will be as follows:
- 1st Offense: Electronic device is confiscated by the administration until the parent can pick up the phone at the end of the school day.
- 2nd Offense: Electronic device is confiscated by the administration until a parent conference is held and the electronic device is returned to the parent. Student may receive a detention or other age appropriate consequence.
- 3rd Offense: Electronic device is confiscated by administration until the end of the school year and the parent may pick up the phone on the last day of school.