The Muscogee County School Board heard an update on the district’s student cell phone policy during their work session Monday night.
In the first 9 weeks of the school year, administrators reported 171 first-time violations at the middle schools and 627 first-time violations at the high schools. There were 18 students at the middle schools who were found using a cell phone more than once and 168 high school students violated the policy more than once.
During the second 9 weeks, 225 middle school students and 459 high school students violated the policy once. There were 25 middle school students and 220 high school students who violated the policy more than once during the second nine weeks.
Under a new policy implemented this year, students caught using a cell phone in school would have their phone held by the principal for three school days.
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The student’s parent would be able to pick up the phone at the close of the third school day. After a student’s second offense, the phone would be held five school days.
After a student’s third offense, the student would be assigned in-school suspension for two days and a parent would be allowed to pick up the phone after 10 school days. A mandatory parent conference would also be held. After a student’s fourth offense, the student would be suspended out of school for two days for each offense, and the parent would be able to pick up the phone at the end of the school day.
If the student’s parent says the phone cannot be held, the student can accept two days of out-of-school suspension as punishment instead.