In an effort to curtail texting during class, Washougal School District administrators have put together a new, detailed cell phone policy for students.
The new policy, which went into effect when school began last week, explicitly prohibits the use of cell phones and other electronic devices during the day, except during lunch and passing periods.
“Students will have to declare their cell phone by taking it out at the start of class and showing it,” Superintendent Teresa Baldwin said. “It can be on at lunches and in the hallways, but it’s subject to disciplinary action if it’s used in the classroom.”
Students who violate the policy risk consequences ranging from not being able to bring their phones onto school property to suspension and expulsion.
In addition, an administrator may confiscate or search the device with any reasonable cause. Content or images that violate criminal laws will be forwarded to law enforcement.