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Media Use at School

Cell Phone Policy

Cell phones may not disrupt the educational program or school activity and are not to be used for illegal or unethical activities.  If a disruption occurs or a student uses any mobile communications device for improper activities, a school employee shall direct the student to turn off the device and/or shall confiscate it.  If the school employee finds it necessary to confiscate the device, he/she shall return it at the end of the school day.  The Oakley Union Elementary School District reserves the right to search any cell phone brought to the school and used during the school day in violation of this policy.  Inappropriate verbal text messages, pictures, or other material found on the phone may be grounds for disciplinary action.  “Inappropriate verbal or text messages, pictures, or other materials” includes but is not limited to  harassing statements or any communication that creates a hostile environment based on race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, disability, discriminatory statements; sexual statements or pictures, and messages to organize activities that may cause harm to any student, involve drugs, and/or alcohol, or that spreads false information about any other student or employee of the school district.”

Taping in the Classroom

Audio or videotaping in the classroom may only be done with teacher consent.  Students or any visiting adult who records in a classroom without the teacher’s permission violates Education Code section 51512.  That section states: “The legislature finds that the use by any person, including a pupil, of any electronic listening or recording device in any classroom of the elementary and secondary schools without the prior consent of the teacher and the principal of the school given to promote an education purpose disrupts and impairs the teaching process and discipline in the elementary and secondary schools, and such use is prohibited.  Any person other than a pupil, who willfully violates this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.  Any pupil violating this section shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.”