Student cell phone use was the topic of a web poll conducted by Pennsylvania School Boards Association Researches Services last month.Poll findings reveal that cell phones are permitted with restricted use at more than 80 percent of responding school districts.

The following detailed results provide specifics regarding restrictions, exceptions and discipline for violations of usage guidelines.

Choose the statement that best describes your school district's position on student cell phone use (501 school districts)

o Cell phones are banned on school property (18.5 percent)

o Cell phones are permitted with a restricted use (81.5 percent)

If cell phones are allowed on school property, what restrictions are placed on their use? (check all that apply)

o Must be off during the academic day (28.5 percent)

o Must be stored and not in view (22.5 percent)

o May not be used in school vehicles (10 percent)

o May not be used in locker rooms (10 percent)

o May not be used in restrooms (10 percent)

o May only be used before or after the academic day (11.3 percent)

What exceptions are allowed (check all that apply)

o Members of a fire company or ambulance squad (37.5 percent)

o Medical condition of a family member (33 percent)

What discipline is imposed for violations (check all that apply)

o Confiscation (31 percent)

o Parent/guardian notification (11 percent)

o Detention (7 percent)

o Suspension (7.5 percent)

o Parent must pick up phone from office (13 percent)

o For repeated violations, loss of cell phone privilege for rest of sch ool year (6 percent)

o Referral to police if illegal activity (4 percent)

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