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Cellphones / Electronics

Because our focus at DCIS is on learning, we want to minimize distractions, including cellphones and other electronics. Although cellphones can be helpful in our day-to-day life, they can create major disruptions in the learning environment. That’s why we have policies regulating their use. 

High School

During class time, students should keep their cellphones (and other electronic devices such as tablets, headphones, music players and personal gaming devices) on silent and inside a backpack or locker unless the teacher has directed students to use their phone for instructional purposes. 

Students can use their phones/electronics during passing periods, before and after school, and at lunch. Students are NOT permitted to use electronic devices while in assemblies or all-school meetings. 

Students who adhere to this policy reflect our core value of Integrity. Students who choose to use their phones/electronics in class without permission face the following consequences:

  • First offense: Student gets a warning to put the device away.
  • Second offense: Student surrenders the device to the teacher, who will clearly mark it with the student’s name and date of confiscation and give it to the dean for the remainder of the school day. The student will be able to pick up the device after school.
  • Third offense (which shouldn’t happen!): Teacher confiscates the device and takes it to the dean for the remainder of the day, and the parents will be contacted to pick up the device. 
  • Habitual: The dean will arrange a meeting with the student and the student’s parent or guardian to develop a strategy for avoiding future offenses and delineating the consequences should that happen.

For purposes of the above, offenses for all devices are counted together. So, if a student’s first offense is with a cellphone and the second with an iPod, that’s two offenses — not one offense for each type of device.

Middle School

Use of cellphones and other electronic devices (iPods /MP3 players, Game Boys, tablets, smart watches, etc.) are NOT permitted at school. If brought to school, they should be OFF and out of sight. Students can store their electronic device in their backpack, locker, with front office staff, or with one of the following staff members: Dean of Culture Linwood Washington or Restorative Justice Coordinators Josiah Ellsworth and Vanessa Medina-Pasillas.

  • First offense: The first time a phone is seen (even in a pocket), staff will call for a Culture Team member, who will log the incident on a Concern Form and return the phone to the student to be stored out of sight.
  • Second offense: The phone will be taken, and the student will need to communicate with a parent/guardian to come to the school to pick it up. The parent will conference with the Culture Team and/or school leadership before getting the phone back.

For purposes of the above, offenses for all devices are counted together. So, if a student’s first offense is with a cellphone and the second with an iPod, that’s two offenses — not one offense for each type of device.