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Ashland District School

At Ashland District School, we have banned cell phones from the moment the students walk through the front door to when the final bell rings. We do not allow them to have them in the hallways, recess or lunch. They are allowed to have them on the buses and after school. It has reduced our disciplinary referrals by almost 50% this year.

 

Noble Middle School, Berwick

The school recognizes that many students possess cellular telephones and other electronic devices. These devices may not be used in any manner that disrupts the educational process or violates school board policies or school rules. MSAD #60 is not responsible for damage, loss or theft of such devices. The use of electronic devices is not allowed. Phones should be turned off and be out of sight while in school. A device that is seen by a staff member will be considered in use and will be confiscated for the day and a family member will need to come to the school to pick it up. The main office phone is available for student use for school related and emergency purposes only.

Students who need to use their phone to contact home, must get permission first from a staff member.

The use of cameras, including camera phones, is strictly prohibited in locker rooms, restrooms, classrooms and the school bus. In other school locations, students are required to obtain permission before photographing any individual. Other electronic devices may be used on the bus only with permission from the driver.

 

Blue Hill Community School

Student cell phones brought to school are expected to be turned off and kept in their locker or backpack from arrival at school until dismissal unless given explicit permission from staff. If these expectations are not followed it will result in:

1st incident: The student will receive a written warning. The student will be directed to put the phone in their locker or backpack by the staff member.

2nd incident: The student will receive a detention. The cell phone will be kept in the office until the end of the day and parents will be notified.

3rd (+) incident: The student will receive a detention. The cell phone will be kept in the office until the end of the day and a meeting will be scheduled with parents and administration to seek a further resolution.

 

Cape Elizabeth Middle School

Some students bring cell phones in their backpacks to school as a means to communicate with family members after school.  Student cell phone use is not allowed during the school day unless a teacher asks a student to use and any cell phones that students bring to school must be kept securely in their locker and turned on silent. Students may wear a smartwatch but may not use it for communication purposes. The school is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged personal cell phones.

Please do not text message, IM, or call your student on their cell phone during school hours.

In terms of violations –

If they are seen or first offense – Staff see student phones they are asked to put them away in locker on first offense

If they are caught using it – Staff will take cell phone and leave it at the office, or designated place in the classroom, if used without permission  Students may reclaim at day’s end.

Multiple offenses end up with specific technology plans – some of these involve checking phones in and out

 

 

Caribou High School

CHS believes in a learning environment free from the distractions of electronics. Students are expected to keep all cell phones, iPods, Kindles, Apple watches, wireless headphones and other electronic devices (other than those provided by the school)  turned off and away during the classes, including study halls. Students may appropriately use electronic devices before school, after school, in between class blocks and during lunch.

Students will have the opportunity to leave their devices in a designated area in the classroom during class time. If a student chooses to keep their device(s) on their person, when a student leaves the classroom, during class time, students will be expected to leave their device in the designated area. Students who are referred to the office will have their device(s) confiscated by administration and the following progressive discipline will be applied:

The following disciplinary action will apply to students found in violation of this rule:

  • 1st Offense: Electronic device will be turned into the office. Administration will reteach expectations and student will sign off on the electronics expectations policy. Device will be returned to the student at the end of the school day.
  • 2nd Offense: Electronic device will be turned into the office. Student will be issued a 45-min detention. Electronic device must be turned into the office daily until the detention is served.
  • 3rd Offense: Electronic device will be turned into the office and the student will be issued 2, 45-minute detentions. The electronic device must be turned into the office daily until detentions are served.
  • 4th Offense: Electronic device will be turned into the office. The parent or guardian will be required to pick up the device. The student will be issued a Friday Detention. Electronic device must be turned in to the office daily until the Friday detention is served.
  • 5th Offense: Electronic device will be turned into the office. The parent/guardian will be required to pick up the device. Student will serve a 2-Day In-School Suspension
  • On-going Offenses: Student and Parent/Guardian will meet with Administration and Out of School Suspensions may apply.

 

Central High School, Corinth

We do not allow cell phone use during instructional time unless a particular piece of software requires them.  For instance, we use some probeware in science whose app for recording data is cell phone based.  Students may use them in lunch only.

 

Marshwood Middle School, Eliot

Here is our school board policy:

https://rsu35policies.org/books/rsu-35-board-policies/page/jicj-student-use-of-cell-phones-and-other-electronic-devices

At the middle school teachers can let students listen to music. They must ask permission and no cellphones or airpods are allowed in the hallway for safety reasons.

If they need to call home they must use the office phone with permission.

 

Falmouth Middle School

Student cell phone use is not allowed during the school hours from 7:30 am – 2:30 pm. Cell phones must be turned off and kept in the student’s backpack in their locker. If students are using their phone or smartwatch without permission during the school day, it will be taken and kept in the main office until the end of the school day. If this happens more than once, parents will be asked to pick up the device from the school.  Cell phone use may be allowed at school-sponsored activities if under the direct supervision of an adult. Unauthorized digital photos from cell phones or other devices are prohibited.

 

WG Mallett School in Farmington

Cell phone call/text usage is not allowable while supervising students or at student events and assemblies.  Cell phones are okay to use when on a lunch break or prep period and not in charge of students.

 

Fort Kent Community School

Learners may use cell phones before school, after school and during lunch break, otherwise they should be off and away.  Learners caught using a cell phone outside the allowed time frames, as stated above, must forfeit the phone to the teacher or designee immediately and follow the policy as stated below. Refusal to do so will result in disciplinary action:

  1. First offense learners will receive a warning and the phone must be turned over to the office until the end of the day.
  2. The second offense will result in the cell phone being confiscated until the end of the day and a 90 minute detention will be issued.
  3. The third offense will result in the cell phone being confiscated and forfeited to the parent/guardian at the time of a mandatory learner-parent meeting and a one hour detention will be issued.
  4. Subsequent offenses will result in a minimum of a 90 minute detention and up to an in-school suspension with the phone being confiscated and forfeited to the parent or guardian at the time of a mandatory learner-parent meeting.
  5. This policy applies to learners in grades nine through twelve only.  All other learners are prohibited from possessing and/or using cell phones during school  hours.  Middle school learners are only allowed phones before 8:07 am and after dismissal at 2:50 pm, until then it should be off and away.

Narragansett Elementary School, Gorham

A cellular telephone or other electronic communications device must be turned off and stored during the school day unless it is determined to be essential for the student’s health or safety by administrators. Students can not use these devices during the school day. Parents and guardians may reach our office staff at any time. If you have an urgent need that cannot wait until after school hours please call the school directly.

 

MSAD 15, Gray

Click HERE to view their policy.

 

Reeds Brook Middle School, Hampden

Use of school phones by students is limited to only emergency calls and school business calls. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for making arrangements with parents before they report to school. The use of personal cell phones or texting devices during school hours is not allowed and will result in the phone or device being confiscated and an adult from home will have to get the phone. Cell phones should be off and in lockers. 

Use of technological devices, including AirPods, Smart Watches, Fitness trackers (e.g.,  Fitbits), and other smart devices capable of texting and internet access are NOT to be used during school hours.

This is from the student and family handbook.

 

Hermon Middle School

Cell phones, electronics, audio devices, (or other communication devices) are not to be visible, heard, or in use during the school day (7:45 a.m. – 2:18 p.m.).  Students found to be in violation who are referred to the Office will have their devices taken by the Principal (or his designee) with the following progressive consequences applied:

1st offense: Device taken; parent/guardian called. Device returned to student at the end the  of day;

2nd offense: Device taken; parent/guardian must meet with Principal to have the device returned;

3rd offense:          Device taken; parent/guardian must meet with Principal to have the device returned; 1-hour detention assigned

4th offense:           Device taken; parent/guardian must meet with Principal to have the device returned; 3-hour detention assigned

 

Penobscot Valley High School / Hichborn Middle School, Howland

Our policy is cell phones are to remain off and unused during school hours (not allowed to use during lunch or other “free” times).  The practice, though, is to treat cell phone use as an addiction, as long as students comply with directions to put it away, there are no consequences.

Saint Dominic Academy, Lewiston

We don’t allow students to have cell phones at our pk-5 school and honestly we don’t see them. There are 5th graders that have phones but they don’t bring them to school or keep them in their backpacks.

At our middle school, they can’t have their phones out at all in school.

In our high school, students are allowed to use their phones at lunch, between classes, and in class with permission.  Our students are not issued laptops though when they are used in classes, we have enough for everyone.  In some cases, students use their phones to participate in a lesson.

Limestone Community School

Middle school students only can use phones at recess and lunch.  Rest of time it needs to be off and put away.

 

Madawaska Middle / High School

Cell phone usage is prohibited at Madawaska Middle/High School between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and the final bell at the end of the day.  The following consequences will be implemented for cumulative violation of this rule:

1st Offense:     Cell phone is confiscated and may only be picked up by parent – student receives a verbal warning and must write a response paper for the principal.

2nd Offense:    Cell phone is confiscated and may only be picked up by parent – student receives a Saturday detention.

3rd Offense:   Cell phone is confiscated and may only be picked up by parent – student receives two Saturday detentions.

4th Offense:   Cell phone is confiscated and may only be picked up by parent – student referred to the superintendent of schools.

 

NOTE:   Cell phone offenses are cumulative throughout 6th, 7th & 8th grade (middle school), then “reset” in 9th grade and are cumulative throughout 9th – 12th grade.  Cell phone offenses do not “reset” at the end of each high school year.     

 

MSAD 42, Mars Hill

The MSAD #42 Board believes the maintenance of a safe and orderly learning environment is a priority in promoting student success. The Board recognizes that many students possess cellular telephones and other electronic devices.  While the Board encourages communication between the school, parents, and students, it also recognizes that the use of certain personal wireless communication devices may disrupt the instructional process and may be detrimental to the school environment. These devices may not be used at school or during school activities in any manner that disrupts the educational process or violates Board policies or school rules.  M.S.A.D. #42 is not responsible for damage, loss or theft of such devices.

MSAD #42 shall not be responsible for the loss, theft or damage to cell phones or other electronic devices that students bring with them to school or school activities or use on school transportation.

For the purpose of this policy, “wireless communication/electronic devices” includes cell phones, camera phones, PDAs, two-way radios, pagers, tablets, MP3 players, smartphones, and other devices using wireless technologies.

The following provisions apply to student use of cell phones and other electronic devices:

Students are prohibited from using personal electronic devices, including but not limited to cell phones, smartphones, tablets, MP3 players and electronic games during classes and school activities, including study halls, field trips and co-curricular/extracurricular activities.

  1. During classes and school activities, all such devices must be turned off and stored in a locker, backpack, or cellphone holder in the classrooms.
  2. The only exception to this rule is when a teacher specifically authorizes students to use personal electronic devices for a specific purpose (such as entering an assignment in a device).
  3. If this rule is violated, the teacher will immediately confiscate the device for the remainder of the school day, and discipline may be imposed as provided below.
  4. Students may use personal electronic devices during lunch periods. Devices must be kept off or silenced to avoid disrupting others.
  5. Students may use personal electronic devices while traveling for school activities to the extent allowed by bus drivers or employees chaperoning trips.
  6. The use of cameras or the camera/video function on any device is strictly prohibited in locker rooms, restrooms and classrooms. In other school locations, students are required to obtain permission before photographing or taking videos of any individual.  Students are also required to obtain prior permission before posting any photos of videos of individuals taken at school on social media or elsewhere.
  7. Any use of personal electronic devices that violates any Board policy, administrative procedure or school rule is strictly prohibited. In addition, accessing, viewing, submitting, forwarding, downloading or displaying any materials that are defamatory, abusive, obscene, vulgar, sexually explicit, sexually suggestive, threatening, discriminatory, harassing, bullying and/or illegal is prohibited.
  8. Student cell phones and other electronic devices may be confiscated if there is reasonable suspicion that a student is violating Board policies, procedures or school rules, or engaging in other misconduct. School administrators may confiscate electronic devices for as long as necessary to complete their investigation.
  9. Students violating these rules will be subject to discipline, which may include:
  10. Exclusion of the device from school for an extended period;
  11. Sanctions ranging from detention to expulsion from school, depending upon the nature of the offense and the student’s disciplinary record.

 

Exceptions

With prior approval of the building principal, exceptions may be made.

  • For a student who is a member of a volunteer fire company, ambulance, or rescue squad;
  • For a student who has a need for such a device due to the medical condition of an immediate family member;
  • For other health, safety, or emergency reasons, as deemed appropriate by the building principal; or
  • When use is provided for in a student’s individualized education program (IEP).

The Superintendent/designee may develop additional rules to implement this policy.  The policy and rules will be communicated to students and parents through the student handbook and/or the student code of conduct.

 

Leonard Middle School, Old Town

Cell phones are a useful tool for communication, when used well. In school they can be a constant distraction to learning and to building effective interpersonal relationships. They can also lead to pictures, videos, and postings without permission, and cyberbullying. Therefore, cell phones and other personal electronics–including AirPods and headphones–may NOT be used during school hours, between 8:20 A.M and 3:05 P.M. Smart watches may be used only for keeping track of time.

Before school:

Students may use personal electronics before 8:20, as long as they are used appropriately. Students should not take photos, videos, or post while at school.

During school hours:

Students will power down phones at 8:20 and place them in secure boxes in the classroom. If they don’t feel safe with the phone in classroom secure boxes, they may turn them into the office, with teacher knowledge and permission. Students may not keep their phones in their lockers, in their backpacks, or on their person. They may not use them at lunch or at recess.

Students may ask permission to use the classroom phone or their personal cell phone if there is an emergency or serious, specific reason to make a phone call. When permission is granted to a student to use a cell phone, the student will be directly supervised by the adult who granted permission. After use, the cell phone will be powered off and returned to the secure box.

If a student is seen with personal technology, at any place in the school, the device will be taken and returned to the homeroom teacher to place in the secure box. That teacher will address and keep track of any violations, and notify the family of each incident. Repeated misuse, disruption, or disrespect related to phone use will be referred to the office.

Office referrals will result in the personal devices staying in the office for the trimester, and a phone call home by the Principal or Assistant Principal. Consequences for any repeated referrals will be determined by the Principal/Assistant Principal.

After school:

Students may take their phones at 3:05, with teacher supervision. Students should not take photos, videos, or post while at school.

 

Orono High School

We recognize that our time together to learn is valuable, and we strive for a learning environment that supports this learning. We also recognize that recent research on cell phone use and mental health identifies cell phones as a driving force in the current mental health crisis. We want to work together with students and families to develop strategies for managing the negative impacts that cell phones can have on both learning and well-being, and this year’s approach to managing the presence of cell phones in schools is our most recent step toward this goal.

Acceptable use: Students are only allowed to use cell phones between classes, during breaks, lunches, and before and after school.  Students are only allowed to use cell phones on field trips and during co-curricular activities with teacher permission.

Students may use the office telephone to contact their parent/guardian(s), and/or can ask for permission to use their cell phone at the office.  Parent/Guardian(s) who need to contact their student(s) during the day should use email, text after school or during lunch, and/or contact the main office.

Unacceptable use:  Students are prohibited from using cell phones on campus in the following situations:

  1. When students are in an instructional class
  2. During assessments
  3. In the hallways during instructional time (including study halls)
  4. During non-academic school-day activities
  5. The use of cameras/video recorders in any type of electronic device is prohibited in all locations where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy.  In addition, students are required to obtain permission before taking a photograph, video, or audio recording of any individual.

Teachers will require students to place their cell phones (and other connected devices) into a designated bin for safekeeping during class and study halls.  Students must place their cell phone in the bin and will retrieve it at the end of class.

  • Students who refuse to comply with teacher requests to put their phones away will be sent to the office.
  • Students sent to the office for phone use will be required to surrender their phones for the remainder of the day.
  • Students sent to the office for phone use more than once in a week will need to have their phone picked up by a parent/guardian and will have to either leave their phone at home or turn it in to the office for a calendar week.
  • Students who repeatedly refuse to comply will develop a phone-use contract with their parent/guardian and administration, which will include a lengthy period of time without their cell phone at school.

If the contract isn’t followed, the student will need to surrender their phone to the main office at the beginning of each school day.

Bruce M Whittier Middle School, Poland

Our practice is that students’ cell phones need to be turned off and put away in a backpack, locker or with a teacher from 7:15-2:10. If students have it out or in a pocket, we collect them and leave them in the office for the day. If students continue to violate the expectations, they are put on a plan and must turn them into the office daily.

 

Presque Isle Middle School

Use of any personal electronic equipment is prohibited except by expressed permission from the principal.  Examples of such equipment include but are not limited to: cell phones, cameras, personal stereos, hand-held games, iPods, and iPads.  All such equipment must be left in the “off” mode and securely placed in student’s backpack or locker.  (Exception: cell phones may be used after school hours.)

 

Maranacook High School, Readfield

Click HERE to view their policy.

 

Mountain Valley High School, Rumford

Cell phones may not be used during class time. Cell phones may be used during lunch time, during homeroom, in the main office and in between classes. A violation of the protocol for acceptable use of a cell phone will result in the phone being confiscated for the remainder of the period. If problems persist, disciplinary action may be taken. Students must adhere to the classroom teacher’s further expectations.

 

Washburn District Elementary School

Click HERE to view their policy.

 

Windham Middle School

The saying at Windham Middle Schools is that phones should be “Off and away throughout the day.”

First offense Phone sent to office, review expectations with admin, child gets the phone back at dismissal.
Second offense Phone sent to office, student uses office phone to call home, parent must come to pick it up or it is kept with consent by the parent until the end of the next school day.
Third offense Phone sent to office, student uses office phone to call home, parent must come to pick it up or it is kept with consent by the parent until the end of the next school day.
Fourth offense Phone sent to office, student uses office phone to call home, parent must come to pick it up or it is kept with consent by the parent until the end of the next school day. Possible suspension or phone not allowed in school (phone is turned in to the office each morning and stored for the duration of the day).
*For each offense – Admin/Secretary enters infraction in Cellphone Spreadsheet

 

RSU 14, Windham

  1. Students are prohibited from using Privately-owned Electronic Devices (PEDs), including but not limited to cellular telephones, handheld computers, MP3 players and electronic games during classes, study halls, assemblies and other school activities.
  2. The only exception to this rule is when a teacher specifically authorizes students to use such a personal electronic device for a specific purpose (such as entering an assignment in a PDA).
  3. If this rule is violated, the teacher may confiscate the device for the remainder of the school day and discipline may be imposed as provided below.
  4. Grades K – 8: Students in possession of PEDs while on school property must keep the PED in

the silent mode and stored in a place specified by the principal or principal’s designee. A PED may not be used unless the principal or principal’s designee grants a student permission to do so for specific academic or other purposes.

  1. Grades 9 – 12: Students may possess PEDs while on school property. The devices may be used

before and after school, during lunch periods, and during class change times. At all other times the PED must be in the silent mode and stored in a place specified by the principal or principal’s designee. The principal or the principal’s designee may grant a student permission to use a PED during class time for specific academic or other purposes. A PED used outside these parameters may result in confiscation of the PED until it can be released directly to the student’s parent or guardian. A student who possesses a PED in violation of this policy is subject to related disciplinary action.

  1. The use of cameras/video function in any type of PED is strictly prohibited on all school property, including locker rooms, restrooms, classrooms, school hallways, and on school buses/vans except at public events. a. In any location where students are permitted by the principal or the principal’s designee to use PEDs for academic or other purposes, students are required to obtain permission from the individual(s) before taking a photograph or a video. Students must also ask for permission from any individual(s) appearing in said photograph or video prior to posting on any social networking or other Internet site.
  2. Any use of PEDs that violates any Board policy/procedure or school rule is prohibited. In

addition, accessing, viewing, posting, forwarding, downloading or displaying any materials that are defamatory, abusive, obscene, vulgar, sexually explicit, sexually suggestive, threatening, discriminatory, harassing and/or illegal is prohibited.

  1. PEDs may be subject to search if there is reasonable suspicion that a student is violating Board

policies, procedures or school rules, or engaging in other misconduct. School administrators may confiscate a PED for as long as necessary to complete their investigation. Students violating these rules will be subject to discipline, which may include sanctions ranging from detention to expulsion from school, depending upon the nature of the offense and the student’s disciplinary record.

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