Digital Media Device Policy
Dear Parents and Students,
Digital media devices include, but are not limited to: cell phones, pagers, computers, cameras, audio recorders, PDA’s, radios, CD/DVD players, USB thumb drives, video games; Game Boy, Nintendo DS, PSP, and other electronic or battery powered instruments/toys. These devices have increased in our community and in the schools. While digital media devices can be beneficial, their misuse may be disruptive to a positive learning environment and may infringe on the privacy and rights of others. In order to maximize a positive learning environment at Valley Elementary the following procedures concerning the use of DMD will apply:
• Use of any and all DMD is prohibited while on school grounds. They are not to be turned on or visible except with the consent and under the supervision of a teacher and/or administrator. If there is a medical or other need, individual exceptions will be considered by the teacher and/or administrator.
• The office phone is available for students and parents/guardians to contact each other in case of a school/personal issue or emergency, 801-452-4980.
• School personnel are not responsible for stolen, lost, or damaged DMD.
Infractions of this policy will result in the following consequences:
• 1st offense – Student will be reminded of school policy and instructed to comply.
• 2nd offense – DMD will be confiscated from the student. Students will be allowed to retrieve their property at the end of the school day. Parent will be notified.
• 3rd offense – DMD will be taken from the student and given to the administration and may be held in the office until a parent/guardian can pick it up. Parent will be notified.
• 4th offense – same as 2nd offense and depending on the nature of the infraction, students are also subject to disciplinary action “up to and including suspension from school” at the discretion of the school administration.
• Misuse of DMD is additionally addressed in Weber School District Policy 8350 (Digital Media Devices) and Policy 5200 (Student Discipline Policy, Safe School Policy).
• The teacher and the office personnel will do their best to guard and protect confiscated DMD, but are not responsible for loss, damage, or theft.
• All devices that have not been picked up before June 1st will be donated.
• Searches of DMD are only conducted if there is “reasonable suspicion” of prohibited content or to determine the owner.
The Board of Education of the Weber School District recognizes that students of proper dress and grooming affect the behavior of students attending school. Students should dress appropriately so they do not distract from the learning environment and detract from the learning experience. These standards are listed below:
1. Emphasis is placed on neatness, cleanliness, safety and modesty in personal appearance.
2. Clothing not ordinarily worn in the workplace may not be worn at school (i.e.: robes, pajamas, house slippers, mutilated clothing) unless it is an approved administrative school activity.
3. Tank tops (3 inches on shoulders), halter tops, bare midriffs, pants that excessively sag or expose the buttocks or underwear, are examples of inappropriate dress. Students may be asked to call home for a change of clothes if dressed inappropriately.
4. Clothing that is extreme, sloppy, for protest, defiance and dissent or displays illegal substances, or is obscene, suggestive, or shows inappropriate words or pictures are not permitted.
5. Shorts, skirts or dresses must be below the mid-thigh.
6. Clothing attachments or accessories that could be considered unsafe, distracting or disruptive to the educational process (i.e.: chains, spikes) are not allowed on school grounds.
7. Good manners dictate that no hats or headwear are permitted in school buildings.
8. Apparel or accessories with gang symbols, monikers, insignias or other gang identifiers are not allowed.
9. Sunglasses and head phones are not allowed during school hours.
10. Hair or make-up that is so conspicuous, extreme, odd in color or style that it draws UNDUE attention, disrupts, or tends to disrupt or interfere with the learning environment at school will not be allowed.
Laws passed for the child's safety and our protection make it difficult for us to administer medication at school. Elementary age children are not allowed to bring and administer medication to themselves. You might consider the following options:
1. Get a slow release medication that lasts all day.
2. Give the medication before and after shcool.
3. A parent may come to school and administer the medication.
4. Office personnel may administer medication if you follow the procedures as outlined below.
If you have a child who needs to be given medication during school hours each day, it will be necessary to have a signed release form on file in the office. Two signatures are needed--one from the parent and one from the doctor. This form is also needed if your child as allergies, asthma, etc., and medication is needed only when a reaction occurs. You may pick up blank forms at the office. The medication must be sent in the prescription bottle by an adult. All medication will be kept in the office, with records being kept as to its dispersion. By state law this procedure must also apply to aspirin and other non-prescription drugs. A form for carrying asthma inhalers is also available in the office.
occasions (ie. country reports).
For the safety of the children, visitors are asked to report to the office. If prior arrangements have been made with the teacher, visitors may go directly to the classroom. Parents are always welcome at school to visit, eat lunch or volunteer.
Students visitors are not allowed to come to school with other students. They may join us for lunch if they are accompanied by an adult. Junior high and high school students are asked to remain in the front hall until after school is out.