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From the Aiken County School website:
IMPORTANT PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE POLICY ON CELL
PHONES IN SCHOOLS


For at least the past three school years, the Board of Education has utilized a
permissive possession-but-nonuse-during-school-hours approach to cell phones in the
public schools of Aiken County. The rule was that a student could have the cell phone in
his/her physical possession as long as it was not activated and not being utilized or
displayed in any manner. Generally, students could have them in book bags,
pocketbooks, and even clothing pockets. However, the devices had to be kept out of
sight and turned “off.” Even leaving a phone “on” and with an audible tone for incoming
calls could become a violation if someone tried to call in on the cell phone and it could
be heard. This was a “passive violation” and required certain disciplinary action. Any
intentional display or activation/manipulation of the cell phone was considered an “active
violation” and could lead to more serious levels of discipline. [These rules applied to
middle and high schools. Generally, elementary students were not to bring these
devices to school unless prior permissions or arrangements with the school authorities
were made.]
Due to the proliferation of cell phones, the frequency of disciplinary infractions
related to both the inadvertent and the intentional violations of the Code of Conduct
rules, and with the increasing sophistication of these devices leading to the increasingly
serious nature of some offenses [such as cheating, violations of privacy with
unauthorized photographs, and similar issues], the Disciplinary Committee of the Board
and the majority of middle and secondary level principals recommended much greater
restrictions on the possession of phones at school and more serious consequences for
the violations of these restrictions.
The changes may be summarized as follows:
• Absolutely no “personal possession” of a cell phone during school hours.
• Phones must be left in vehicles or stored in a student’s locker or other
place designated by building administration
• Disciplinary consequences are:
- first offense; In-school suspension (1 day)
- second offense; In-school suspension (3 days)
- third offense; out of school suspension and loss of privilege
- fourth offense; Expulsion

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These changes received First Reading at the Board meeting on June 9, 2009, and
will be considered for Final Approval on June 30, 2009. Anyone desiring
comments may e-mail Ms. Tammie Newman, Public Information Officer,
tnewman@aiken.k12.sc.us , or may write to Ms. Tammie Newman (“cell phone
comments”), 1000 Brookhaven Drive, Aiken, S.C. 29803