3245P Procedure - Students and Telecommunication Devices

Definitions:
  1. Sexting means sending, forwarding, displaying, retaining, storing, or posting sexually explicit, lewd, indecent, or pornographic photographs, images, or messages by or on a cell phone, computer, or other electronic means during school hours or school activities on or off campus; while on school district property, during any recess, lunch, or leave periods on or off school district property; or beyond the hours of school operation if the behavior detrimentally affects the personal safety or well-being of school-related individuals, the governance, climate, or efficient operation of the school, or the educational process or experience.
  2. Disrupting the Learning Environment means any intentional gesture, any intentional electronic communication, or any intentional written, verbal, or physical act or statement initiated, occurring, transmitted, or received by a student at school that a reasonable person under the circumstance should know will have the effect of:
    1. Insulting, mocking, or demeaning a student or group of students causing substantial disruption in, or substantial interference with, the orderly operation of the school; or
    2. Creating an intimidating, threatening, hostile, or abusive educational environment for a student or group of students through substantially severe, persistent, or pervasive behavior.
  3. Third parties include, but are not limited to, coaches, school volunteers, parents or guardians, school visitors, service contractors, or others engaged in district business or activities that are not directly subject to district control at inter-district and intra-district athletic competitions or other school events.
Reporting Violations:
Any student, employee, parent or guardian, or third party who has knowledge of conduct in violation of this policy or any student who feels he/she has been a victim of sexting, menacing, retaliation, or reprisal in violation of this policy shall immediately report the concerns to:
  1. The building principal or his/her designee;
  2. A teacher who will be responsible for notifying the building principal or designee immediately;
  3. A counselor who is responsible for notifying the building principal or designee immediately; or
  4. The superintendent of schools or designee.
Investigating:
The principal or designee shall be responsible for timely investigating a complaint made under this policy. The investigation, witness statements, and evidence shall be documented along with the outcome of the investigation.
In the course of the investigation, administrative staff will not send, receive, or unnecessarily view or transmit sexting photographs or any other inappropriate images on either the district’s or their personal electronic devices. The examination or viewing of the evidence/information will be limited to the extent necessary to determine that misconduct occurred.
 
Parent or Guardian Notification:
Parents or guardians of all students identified in the report shall be notified of the investigation and informed of their students’ involvement in the incident.
 
Discipline:
Students whose behavior violates this policy will be subject to discipline up to and including expulsion. Law enforcement will also be notified when conduct may violate criminal laws.  See FPS Procedure 3241P for specific school discipline procedures.
 
Date: 7/6/10