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Adopted: 1/28/00

DEFINITION

A "paging device" is a telecommunications device that emits an audible signal, vibrates, displays a message, or otherwise summons or delivers a communication to the possessor.

PAGING DEVICES AND CELLULAR TELEPHONES

The Superintendent shall adopt procedures specifying the circumstances under which students may be prohibited or permitted to possess paging devices and cellular telephones while on school property or while attending school-sponsored or school-related activities on or off school property. Factors the Superintendent shall consider in permitting students to possess paging devices on campus include:

1. student age;

2. parent preference for students under 18 years of age;

3. purpose for which the paging device would be used; and

4. student ability to use a paging device responsibly and without disruption to other school activities.

DISPOSAL

When a student violates the prohibition against possessing paging devices while on school property or while attending school-sponsored or school-related activities on or off school property, the Superintendent may authorize:

1. Disposal of a confiscated paging device in any reasonable manner, provided the student's parent and the paging company whose name and address appear on the device are given 30 days' notice of the intent to dispose of the device. Such notice may be made by telephone, telegraph, or in writing, and must include the serial number of the device.

2. Charging the owner of the device or the student's parent an administrative fee of not more than $15 before it releases the device.

Education Code 37.082

Adopted: 1/28/00