Building Procedures

Cell Phones and Other Related Devices

Wood Oaks Junior High recognizes the importance of teaching students the skills, knowledge, and behaviors they will need as responsible citizens in a global community using various forms of technology. In order to maintain a proper learning environment, Wood Oaks must have guidelines to help teach students to be responsible digital citizens.

It is permissible for students to possess cellular devices on school property and during school-sponsored events, with the following limitations:

  1. Cellular devices must be turned off and out of sight (in a backpack, locker, or bag) during the regular school day (defined as 8:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.), unless the supervising teacher grants permission for the devices to be used for educational purposes.
  2. Students cannot use their cell phones in any manner while in school hallways during the school day.
  3. At the end of the school day, students should find an appropriate space, away from hallway traffic, prior to calling or texting.
  4. Electronic device use in any manner in bathrooms or locker rooms is strictly prohibited at all times.
  5. Cell phones or other electronic devices may not be used in any manner that will cause disruption to the educational environment or will otherwise violate student conduct rules.

Under no circumstances are students permitted to take and/or transmit digital images (pictures, audio, or video) at school, on school property, on field trips, or at after-school events (such as concerts and sporting events), without the permission of those being recorded or photographed. The creation of any recordings or photographs while on school property must also be with the consent of the supervising staff member.

Student use of a cell phone while on the Wood Oaks campus is a privilege, not a right. When abused, the privilege will be withdrawn. Any violation of these guidelines regarding cell phone use will result in disciplinary action, which includes, but is not limited to, the student not having access to a cell phone during the school day or the need for a parent to come to school to collect the device. This disciplinary action, as with any and all disciplinary items, is outlined in the District 27 Rules of Conduct.