Teachers/staff may possess any electronic telecommunication device, including any facsimile system, radio paging service, mobile telephone service, intercom, or electro-mechanical paging system in any elementary or secondary school building, or on the grounds thereof or in any school bus used to transport public school students, but must not have them turned on or use them during instructional time, or while on duty or in the presence of students unless authorized by the school principal or his/her designee, except in an emergency.  An emergency is defined as an actual or imminent threat to public health or safety which may result in loss of life, injury, or property damage.


Furthermore, camera phones with video and/or still photography capabilities, voice-recording capabilities, or future technological improvements and/or equivalent equipment may not be used unless authorized by the principal or his/her designee.  A violation of these provisions may be grounds for disciplinary action, including but not limited to, dismissal of the employee.  Use of cellular telephones by teachers/staff during their unencumbered or planning period shall be permitted at the discretion of the principal.



Ref:     La. Rev. Stat. Ann. ยงยง17:81, 17:239

Board minutes, 7-22-04


Pointe Coupee Parish School Board