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General Campus Rules

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,  non-LAUSD iPads or other tablet computers, Intenet-connected watches, or other expensive items due to the negative attention it attracts and because it can make students targets for theft.

Separate rules apply to school-issued iPads.

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.

Internet Use

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.

School Deliveries

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.