Use of cell phones by students is not allowed during the school day. Cell phones brought to school must be silenced and kept in the student’s locker during the school day, including passing periods and lunch period.  The District does not require students to bring cell phones to school, and students who choose to bring cell phones to school are doing so voluntarily. The school does not guarantee the security of personal devices against loss, theft or damage.

Cell phones carried or used in violation of school policy will be confiscated and held in the main office until the end of the day.  Repeated violations will result in disciplinary action.

Students have access to building phones during the school day; families may contact students through the main office during school hours. Students feeling ill will be sent to the clinic, and the Clinic Health Aide will contact parents as necessary.

All Deer Creek students will use a Chromebook provided through the school (8th graders) or the district Tech4Ed program (6th and 7th graders) during the school day and at home.  These devices and the support provided for their use are paid for, in part, by an annual $50 technology access fee.  Students are responsible for the care and protection of their assigned device, as well as keeping it charged and bringing it to school each day.  Privately owned laptops, Chromebooks, and other devices may be used at home, but are not allowed at school, as they do not have access to the networks, apps, software, security, and assessments that district devices utilize.

In order to most effectively use Chromebooks in the classroom, students are asked to bring listening devices (wired headphones or earbuds only) to school daily as part of their school supplies; however, they are not to be used unless directed by the teacher for instructional purposes only.  There are no extra listening devices in the building available for student check out. 

Student use of technology demands personal responsibility and an understanding of the appropriate handling of such devices, the data processed on them, and the acceptable and unacceptable uses of such devices. Failure to follow the district Acceptable Use Agreement may result in disciplinary action. During student instructional hours within the school day, Chromebooks are to be used only for academic purposes, and only with staff approval. 

Students may experience issues with their Chromebook that impact its functioning.  The first step in problem-solving device problems is to consult the Chromebook Help Guide, which provides troubleshooting help for common issues.

Although students will often utilize their technology in class, it is important for students to develop healthy social interactions and have time away from device screens. Accordingly, the lunch room and recess time are considered Technology-Free Zones, where students can interact with one another without the interference or distraction of technology, including Chromebooks, laptops, tablets, iPads, cell phones, Bluetooth devices, and any other electronic devices. All devices should be stored in the student’s locker during the lunch period.

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