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Adoption Date: 06/22/2021

Revision History: 02/22/22 (reviewed), 12/13/22 (reviewed), 12/12/23 (reviewed)

The use of cell phones and other communication devices may be appropriate to provide for the effective and efficient operation of the school district and to help ensure safety and security of people and property while on school district property or engaged in school-sponsored activities. Employees may possess and use cell phones during the school day as outlined in this policy. Cell phones shall be used in a manner that does not disrupt instruction or school-sponsored programs, meetings, in-service, or other events where there exists a reasonable expectation of quiet attentiveness unless there is a reason of personal health or safety involved. Employees are prohibited from using a cell phone while driving a district vehicle or transporting students, unless in the case of an emergency.

School bus drivers are prohibited from using any communication device while operating the bus except in the case of an emergency, or to call for assistance after the vehicle has been stopped.

Employees violating the policy will be subject to discipline, up to and including, discharge. It is the responsibility of the superintendent or designee to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.

Policy References:

Legal Reference: 

Internal Revenue Comment Notice, 2009-46,
Iowa Code § 279.8, 321.276

Cross Reference: 

707.5        Internal Controls
707.5R1   Internal Controls - Procedures

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