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DPLC-Holton Phone Policy

 

DPLC-HOLTON PHONE POLICY

Students of DPLC will not be allowed to use or communicate with others on cellular phones, ipods, airpods, wireless headphones, or other electronic devices during instructional time. Students will be allowed to use these devices during class transitions, lunch periods, before school begins, and after 4th period has ended. During these times non-instructional times, students may place phone calls and use their devices within the rules of Durham Public Schools. During instructional time, student phones and devices should be secured by the student and out of sight of the instructor and other class members.

Non-compliance will result in the instructor securing the phone or device in a locked area of the room, such as a computer cart, lockable desk drawer, lockable cabinet, lockbox, or other secured container or space. The instructor will enter this action into Educator’s Handbook as a minor referral for non-compliance resolved by a conversation with the student. The student may retrieve their phone from the instructor at the end of the period. If the student refuses to allow the instructor to secure the phone or device, the student will be asked to step outside the classroom and wait for an administrator to arrive. Upon arriving, the administrator may decide to secure the phone or device until the end of the school day. A phone or device secured in this way may be retrieved by the student at the end of the school day from the main office. Any additional consequence will be determined by an administrator. The instructor will enter this incident into Educator’s Handbook as an office referral for non-compliance.

A second incident of non-compliance in class will result in the instructor contacting an administrator to meet with the student and to retrieve the phone or device. The device will be held until the end of the school day and can be retrieved by the student from the main office. The instructor will enter this incident into Educator’s Handbook as an office referral for non-compliance.

Further non-compliance with the policy may result in the student being placed in the Restorative Practices Center or suspended as per policy regarding repeated offenses for non-compliance.

Students will not be granted permission during instructional time to make or receive phone calls. If a student needs to place an emergency call, he/she/they will be directed to the main office where they may use the office phone to place the call. Parents who need to reach a student immediately during instructional time may call the main office of the school and the student will be called to the main office to receive the call.

The staff at DPLC-Holton desires that every student successfully complete their classes and graduate.  To do this, we want to make sure they can focus while in class.  This policy is being put in place to help students focus and prevent in-class distractions, protect instructional time, and help students graduate on time.  Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Principal Kesha Futrell