Cell Phone Policy

Cell Phone Policy Overview

Revised by Board of Education on 5/18/15


Cell phones, pagers, or other communication devices can be a disruption to the school learning environment.   Therefore, possession, use or display of cell phones, pagers, and communication devices are banned in school buildings during normal school hours. 
  • Students must power off and stow away cell phones prior to entering school.
  • Cell phones may not be retrieved by a student until after the end of the student day as determined by the procedures of the individual school.
  • Cell phones discovered in a student’s possession during the school day for any reason will be considered a violation of this policy.
  • Cell phones, pagers, or other communication devices must be surrendered upon demand to school district personnel.Failure to do so will result in suspension.
Indian River School District shall not assume any responsibility for theft, loss, or damage of a cell phone, or unauthorized calls made on a cell phone.

For each violation up to three, the student shall be subject to a detention for the first offense, in-school suspension for the second offense, and out-of-school suspension for the third offense. In all cases, a parent/guardian conference is held with a building-level administrator designated by the principal.  For violations in excess of three in one school year, the student will be referred to the Assistant Superintendent or his/her designee, who may order the communication device be held for the remainder of the school year, or out of school suspension (after appropriate due process is afforded), other privilege restrictions, or alternative school placement for a period of time determined by the Assistant Superintendent or his/her designee.

Use of Cell Phones on Buses

Cell phone use by students while riding to and from school on the bus or on the bus during school sponsored activities is prohibited.

The Superintendent or his/her designee is authorized to establish procedures to determine whether exceptional circumstances require exceptions from this policy.  Exceptions must be applied in a consistent manner to serve the best interest of the student population.

Electronic communication devices are prohibited.  Thus, during the period of confiscation and at any time when the device is turned over to an employee, the district, each school, and its employees shall not be responsible for safekeeping, loss or damage.