Richardson ISD Student Cellphone Guidelines

To promote the best possible learning and social environment in Richardson ISD, students will not use their cellphones during the school day, unless provided permission from an authorized district employee during the instructional day. The intent of the cellphone policy is to establish a cellphone-free environment and avoid cellphones distracting from learning as well as causing a loss of instructional time.

Statement of Expectations

Campus administrators will state expectations clearly and reinforce the importance of maintaining a cellphone-free environment at the beginning of the year. Administrators will monitor cellphone violations to inform the need for reinforcement and support. Also, any headphone usage will occur based on the approval and expectations set by individual classroom teachers. RISD’s continued focus will be on the mitigation of educational distractions precipitated by the use of cellphones during instructional time.

Consequences

If a student uses their phone during the school instructional day without the explicit permission of an authorized district employee, it will result in the confiscation of the cellphone and adherence to the following graduated offenses stated below. Authorized district employees who will be responsible for cellphone confiscation will include: administrators and teachers.

  • 1st Offense ● Phone will be kept in the assistant principal’s office for the day, parent is contacted. ● Student or parent can retrieve cellphone at the end of the day. ● Offense noted on Focus with cellphone violation action code chosen.
  • 2nd Offense ● Phone will be kept in the assistant principal’s office for the day, parent is contacted. ● Student or parent can retrieve cellphone at the end of the day. ● Offense noted on Focus with cell phone violation action code chosen.
  • 3rd Offense ● Phone will be kept in the assistant principal’s office for the day, parent is contacted. ● Warning to student and parent about additional consequences that will happen for non-compliance of cellphone-free environment. ● Offense noted on Focus with cell phone violation action code chosen. ● Student assigned school detention.
  • 4th Offense ● Phone will be kept in the assistant principal’s office for the day. ● In-person meeting scheduled with parent. ● Offense noted on Focus with cellphone violation action code chosen. ● Student assigned lunch detention.
  • 5th Offense ● Phone will be kept in the assistant principal’s office for the day, parent is contacted. ● Offense noted on Focus with cellphone violation action code chosen. ● 3 days of ISS assigned.
  • 6th Offense and beyond ● Violations of the cellphone policy beyond the fifth offense may result in the assignment of out-of-school suspension