D47 Student Cell Phone Procedure
To provide a distraction-free teaching and learning environment, District 47’s current cell phone guidelines (outlined in the 2019-20 student handbook) will be strictly enforced starting January 2020 (after winter break). See below:
Cell Phones, Smartwatches, etc.
Elementary - Students are allowed to have a cell phone or smartwatch at school as long as it is turned off and remains in the student’s locker at all times during the school day. (NOTE: Elementary school lockers do not lock and the school/district is not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen personal property.)
Middle School - During the school day, a student may carry a cell phone/smartwatch but it must be turned off at all times. If the student uses the phone/smartwatch or if the phone/smartwatch causes a disruption, the phone/smartwatch will be confiscated and taken to the office and appropriate consequences will be issued as determined by administration. (NOTE: The school/district is not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen personal property.)
PLEASE NOTE: With the fast-paced changes in technology, District 47 will treat any electronic device that has the capability to call, text, and take photos, as a cell phone/smartwatch violation at any grade level if it causes a disruption to the school environment.
For detailed information about our current procedures, we encourage families to review District 47’s Cell Phone Expectations. We also encourage parents/guardians to seek out resources for managing student cell phone use and screen time at home. All of these resources can be found on the D47 website -- see "Internet and Online Safety" under the Parents tab.