Cell Phones and Electronic Devices
A student may possess a cell phone in school, on school property, at after-school activities, and at school-related functions, provided that the cell phone is off and concealed during school hours (7:54 a.m. to the end of the day’s classes) AND in the school buildings. Students may bring a cell phone to school regardless of its picture taking/video ability (a change from past policy). Cell phones must be in the off position (not vibrate mode) during the entire instructional day, including at nutrition and lunch.
A cell phone may be used during school hours only for life-endangering events.
Possession of a cellular telephone by a student is a privilege, which may be forfeited by any student who fails to abide by the terms of this policy. Violations of this policy will result in confiscation of the cell phone and/or loss of the privilege to carry one. Confiscated cell phones and electronic devices can be picked up by the parent or guardian during the after-school hours of 3:15pm to 4:00pm.
A student who possesses a cell phone assumes all responsibility for its care. At no time shall LAUSD, Palms staff, or parent volunteers be responsible for preventing theft, loss, or damage to cell phones brought onto school property.
Students are not encouraged to bring electronic equipment other than what is required. Personal electronic gear is becoming more and more popular, particularly among younger students and teens. We do not encourage students to bring cell phones, cameras, portable game systems, iPads, or other expensive items due to the negative attention it attracts and because it can make students targets for theft.
Palms will address the Electronic Devices Policy in January 2014 when iPads are expected to be deployed.
Zero Tolerance Policy
Palms Middle School does not tolerate any harassment, racial or ethnic bigotry, hate crime or discrimination on the basis of gender, handicap, religion or sexual orientation.
See also the Code of Conduct.