Cell Phones and Electronic Devices
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. A student may possess a non-camera cellular telephone 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.
A cell phone may be used during school hours for life-endangering events only.
Violations of this policy will result in confiscation of the cell phone and/or loss of the privilege to carry one. Confiscated cell phones/electronic devices can be picked up by the parent or guardian during the after school hours of 3:15 pm to 4:00 pm.
The student who possesses a cell phone shall assume 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 or kept in school lockers. Personal electronic gear especially is becoming more and more popular, particularly among younger students and teens. This translates into a number of robberies and thefts as they relate to these devices. The Los Angeles School Police Department and the Los Angeles Unified School District strongly encourage students to leave their personal electronic equipment at home. Palms Middle School will not be responsible for theft or loss of items of this nature brought to school or kept in lockers.
Computers with Internet access are available in the Library and in classrooms. Students may use the Internet from these computers for research and appropriate classroom assignments if they and their parents have completed and returned the LAUSD Acceptable Use Policy form.
School Bus Rules
For everyone's safety, all passengers must remain seated while buses are moving.
Passengers are also reminded that loud conversation and other unnecessary noise are not allowed on school buses in order for the driver to hear emergency vehicle sirens and other warnings. Passengers may not bring animals on the bus, unless approved under the provisions of the California Motor Vehicle Code (animals used to assist the disabled).
Please be courteous to other passengers. The use of profanity is not permitted on the bus. Please keep all body parts inside the bus. Remember, for safety reasons, eating is not permitted on the bus.
Student services will not deliver items brought in by parents for their children to student classrooms. Students must plan to pick up items from the office that have been delivered. This policy will limit disruptions of class instruction and facilitate a full instructional program for all students.
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.