401.12R1 Employee Use of Cell Phones Regulation

EMPLOYEE USE OF CELL PHONES ADMINISTRATIVE REGULATION

 

Cell Phone Usage

 1.         Cell phones shall be used in a manner that does not disrupt instruction and should not be used during school-sponsored programs, meetings, in-services, or other events where there exists a reasonable expectation of quiet attentiveness unless there is a reason of personal health or safety involved.

 2.         Cell phones should not be used to transmit confidential information either verbally or written.

 

 3.         Employees may use cell phones while they are driving on school district-related business or activities and the vehicle is in any gear other than “Park”, only to conduct school district-related business or for emergency situations, and only if the cell phone is used in a hands-free mode.  All employee use of cell phones while driving must comply with applicable state and federal laws

4.         School district owned cell phones are provided to carry out official school district business. School district-owned cell phones may be used for purposes other than school district business when employees are not performing contractual obligations. All use of district-owned cell phones whether for professional or personal reasons, must be in accordance with the Board of Educational Examiners Professional Code of Ethics.

5.         Employees issued a call phone are responsible for its safekeeping at all times.  Defective, lost or stolen cell phones are to be reported immediately to the superintendent who will in turn notify the service provider.  Reckless or irresponsible use of school district equipment, resulting in loss or damage may result in the employee having to reimburse the school district for any associated costs of replacement or repair.

 

Cell Phone Authorization - School district-provided cell phones may be purchased and authorized for staff use by the superintendent of schools in accordance with the following guidelines: 

Cell phones may be assigned or made available on a temporary or permanent basis, by the superintendent, when it is determined any or all of the below conditions are met:

1.         The assignment of a cell phone device to the employee is a prudent use of school district resources.

2.         The employee’s job responsibilities requires the ability to communicate frequently and access to a school district or public telephone is not readily available.

3.         The employee’s job involves situations where immediate communication is necessary to ensure the safety of individuals and security of school district property.