High School For Health Professions & Human Services

Cell Phone Policy

Students are permitted to bring the following electronic items to school: 1) cell phones; 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. Cell phones and portable music and entertainment systems may not be turned on or used during the administration of any school quiz, test or examination.

2. Computing devices may not be turned on or used during the administration of any school quiz, test or examination, except where such use has been explicitly authorized by the school or is contained in an Individualized Education Program or Section 504 Accommodation Plan.

3. 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.
4. Cell phones, computing devices and portable music and entertainment systems may not be turned on or used during school fire drills or other emergency preparedness exercises.
5. Cell phones, computing devices, and portable music and entertainment systems may not be used in locker rooms or bathrooms.
B. Cell phones may be used as set forth.
During the school day:
• Cell phones may not be turned on or used while on school property except for the following:
o Cell phones may be used during the following non-instructional times of the school day: During lunch periods in the following designated areas: Cafeteria, Guidance Suite, and Administrative Offices.

• Cell phones may not be turned on or used during instructional time, except for instructional and educational purposes with the explicit approval of the teacher.

During after-school, school-sponsored programs or activities:

The above policy is still in effect.

C. Computing devices may be used as set forth below (select applicable option(s) or select other options consistent with Regulation A-413).

During the school day:
• Computing systems may not be turned on or used during instructional time, except for instructional and educational purposes with the explicit approval of the teacher.
● Computing systems may be turned on and used only during instructional time for instructional and educational purposes with the explicit approval of the teacher.
● Computing devices may be used during the following non-instructional times of the school day: During lunch periods in the following designated areas: Cafeteria, Guidance Suite, and Administrative Offices.

During after-school, school-sponsored programs or activities:
The above policy is still in effect.



D. Portable music and entertainment systems may be used as set forth below:
During the school day:
• Portable music devices and entertainment systems may not be turned on or used while on school property.

• Portable music devices and entertainment systems may be used during the following non-instructional times of the school day: During lunch periods in the following designated areas: Cafeteria, Guidance Suite, and Administrative Offices.

o Other (describe): Portable music and entertainment systems must be used only with headphones and earbuds, etc.

• Portable music devices and entertainment systems may not be turned on or used during instructional time, except for instructional and educational purposes with the explicit approval of the teacher.

During after-school, school-sponsored activities:
The above policy is still in effect.
E. Confiscation and return of electronic items
All confiscated electronic devices will be turned into the Dean’s Office. The Dean’s Office will issue the appropriate level for an electronic offense in the following progressive fashion:
• warnings
• confiscation of item and return at end of school day
• confiscation of item and return following parent conference
• confiscation of item and return following student entering into behavioral contract
• revocation of privilege to bring item to school.
F. Discipline
School-based policies state that students who use cell phones, computing devices, and/or portable music and entertainment system in violation of any provision of the DOE’s Discipline Code, the school’s policy, Chancellor Regulation A-413, and/or the DOE’s Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy (“ISUSP”) will be subject to discipline in accordance with the guidance interventions and disciplinary responses set forth in the Discipline Code.