J. M. Rapport School Career Development
DANIEL HOEHN, PRINCIPAL
470 JACKSON AVENUE, BRONX, NY 10455Phone: 718-993-5581
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754X JEFFREY M. RAPPORT SCHOOL
SCHOOL-BASED POLICY FOR THE COLLECTION OF CELL PHONES, COMPUTING DEVICES, AND PORTABLE MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEMS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY
Students are permitted to bring the following electronic items to school: 1) cellphones; 2) laptops, tablets, iPads and other similar computing devices(“computing devices”); and 3) portable music and entertainment systems, such as iPods, MP3 players, PSP, and Nintendo DS.
A. The use of cell phones, computing devices and portable music and entertainment systems at school is subject to the restrictions below.
1. Students and parents are required to sign a cell phone/ electronics contract in order to participate in the collection of electronics on school property.
2. All students must present and submit a student photo identification card in orderto have an electronic device stored by school personnel at the main site (470Jackson Ave. Bronx, NY).
3. Cell phones, computing devices, and portable music and entertainment systems may not be in the possession of students, turned on, or used during the administration of any school quiz, test or examination during the school day.
4. Use of cell phones, computing devices, portable music and entertainment systems and other electronic devices during the administration of state standardized examinations is governed by State Education Department Rules.
5. Cellphones, computing devices and portable music and entertainment systems may not be in the possession of students, turned on, or used during school fire drills or other emergency preparedness exercises during the school day.
6. Cellphones, computing devices, and portable music and entertainment systems may not be in the possession of students, used in bathrooms, common areas, offices, and classrooms during the school day.
7. Students are not permitted to charge electronic devices at school.
8. For non- main site locations, such as Bronxwood, inclusion programs, and worksites,754X students are expected to follow the rules and procedures as set forth by the School Building Council or facility for which the space is shared.
9. Under no circumstance is 754X Jeffrey M. Rapport School responsible for stolen,damaged, or lost devices on school property. Students assume all responsibility for electronics if brought on school property during and after school.
B. Cellphones may be used as set forth below at the main site
During the school day:
· Cellphones must be collected by the school when students enter the school building and stored in a designated location until 2:45PM on Mondays, Tuesdays,Thursdays, and Fridays; cell phones will be collected and stored in a designated location until 1:45PM on Wednesdays.
During after-school, school-sponsored programs or activities:
· Cellphones may not be turned on or used while on school property.
C. Computing devices may be used as set forth below at the main site
· Computing devices must be collected by the school when students enter the school building and stored in a designated location until 2:45PM on Mondays, Tuesdays,Thursdays, and Fridays; computing devices will be collected and stored in a designated location until 1:45PM on Wednesdays.
· Computing devices may not be turned on or used while on school property.
D. Portable music and entertainment systems may be used as set forth below at the main site
· Portable music and entertainment systems must be collected by the school when students enter the school building and stored in a designated location until 2:45PM onMondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays; portable music and entertainment systems will be collected and stored in a designated location until 1:45PM onWednesdays.
During after-school, school-sponsored activities:
· Portable music devices and entertainment systems may not be turned on or used while onschool property.
E. Storage and Collection Procedures at the main site
· All electronic devices will be collected along with student ID and secured in an individual polybag. For metro students, these polybags will be organized alphabetically by homeroom inTupperware bins. For bussing students, these polybags will be organized alphabetically by bus route number in a secure cart.
· For students who arrive by Metro
o Designated check-in location from 8AM- 11AM: Basement level entry by scanning
o Designated storage location from 11AM-2:45PM: Secure backroom in Room 100
o Designated check-out location from 2:45PM-3:00PM: Room 100 by Exit G for dismissal
· For students who arrive by School Bus
o Designated check-in and check-out location from 8:00AM- 9:00AM: Basement level entry by scanning
o Designated storage location from9:00AM- 2:30PM: Secure closet within the auditorium
· If a parent/ legal guardian comes to pick up his/ her child in the middle of the school day, then the 2:30PM check-out procedure will be waived. The electronic device will be handed over to the adult when signing out a student in the main office.
In all cases, when a student’s device is collected, it will be processed through the school’s scanning machine.
If a student uses an electronic device in violation of school policy or to engage in any of the prohibited behaviors set forth in the Discipline Code, the incident will be entered into the On-Line Occurrence Reporting System (OORS),investigated, and appropriate guidance interventions and disciplinary actions willbe taken.
There are a number of infractions in the Discipline Code that may address inappropriate use of electronic devices. The Discipline Code provides that when“misbehavior involves communication, gestures or expressive behavior, the infraction applies to oral, written or electronic communications, including but not limited to texting, emailing and social networking.” Accordingly, students may not use electronic devices to engage in prohibited behaviors, which include but are not limited to:
· Making sexually suggestive comments, innuendos, propositions or similar remarks, or engaging in nonverbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature (Discipline CodeInfractions A38/B34);
· Engaging in harassing, intimidating and/or bullying behavior, including using electronic communication to engage in such behavior (cyber-bullying) (Discipline CodeA36/B39);
· Using slurs based upon actual or perceived race, ethnicity, color, national origin, citizenship/immigration status, weight, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation or disability (Discipline Code Infractions A23/B23); and
· Posting,distributing, displaying or sharing literature or material containing a threatof violence, injury or harm, or depicting violent actions against or obscene,vulgar or lewd pictures of students or staff (Discipline Code InfractionsA32/B35).
The Discipline Code prohibits students from taking unauthorized photos and audio/video recordings of others (Discipline Code Infractions A21/B19).
TheDiscipline Code also prohibits students from using electronic devices to engage in scholastic dishonesty, which includes but is not limited to cheating,plagiarizing and colluding (Discipline Code Infractions A30/B31).
G. Confiscation and return of electronic items
If a student is in possession of an electronic device, uses an electronic device in violation of school policy or in a manner that causes disruption to classroom instruction or school activities or programs, staff should direct the student to comply with school rules and surrender the device. If the student refuses to comply with this directive, the staff member should follow established school protocols for requesting assistance, which may include calling an administrator, a dean, the front desk, or other staff as designated by the Principal. School staff will not engage in any physical confrontations with students or attempt to confiscate the device from a student who is uncooperative or defiant.
The unauthorized entrance of an electronic and/or refusal to store an electronic device at scanning will result in a student being placed on the “No Electronics Allowed”list for the duration of the school year. All electronic privileges will be revoked immediately.
In all other instances not aforementioned, the following measures will be instituted in a progressive fashion:
· Step 1:Confiscation of item and return at end of school day
· Step 2:Confiscation of item and return following parent conference
· Step 3:Revocation of privilege to bring item to school until June 26th
If a student engages in physically aggressive or verbally abusive behavior in order to obtain an electronic device before the regularly scheduled retrieval time, all electronic privileges will be revoked immediately.
H. Theft or Damage
If a student reports that an electronic device is stolen or damaged at school, the school will take the following steps:
· Notify the student’s parent/ legal guardian
· File an OORS report
· Notify the NYPD if theft or other criminal activity is suspected
· Investigate the allegations and take appropriate disciplinary action in accordance with theDiscipline Code