Cell Phone Expectations

The Sumter School District Board of Trustees believes that the possession of electronic communication devices (ECDs) by students during the school day is a privilege which may be forfeited by any student who fails to abide by the terms and provisions of this policy. For purposes of this policy, ECDs are defined as any electronic equipment that emits an audible signal, vibrates, ends and/or receives a message (voice or text) or displays a message or otherwise summons or delivers a communication to or from the possessor. In addition to instruction use of ECDs in the classroom/instructional setting, students are permitted to use ECDs in free-zone locations that are defined as the designated areas for ECD usage on school campuses during non-instructional times.

Free-zone locations at ADM include the gym (only during the mornings before dismissal and afternoons after dismissal) and cafeteria (during breakfast and lunch only). Students are not allowed to use their phones in the hallways. In addition, students are prohibited from using ECDs in a manner that would constitute an invasion of privacy or in violation of the Sumter School District Code of Conduct. Violations of this policy may result in disciplinary action, confiscation of ECDs, and/or referral to law enforcement.

The improper use of an ECD will result in a disciplinary action, and it will be confiscated and will be available for pick-up by a parent or guardian. Continued violations will be considered Refusal to Obey/Defiant. District/school officials are not responsible for the damage, loss, misuse, theft or vandalism to personal ECD’s brought to School.