CELL PHONES AND ELECTRONIC DEVICES
Cellular telephones and electronic devices may be used before school, after school, and during a student’s assigned lunch. During lunch, cell phones and electronic devices are to be used only in the Cafeteria. Do not use these devices in the hallway on the way to lunch. When a student leaves the Cafeteria to return to class after lunch, his or her cell phone/electronic device should be turned off and out of sight until the afternoon dismissal bell sounds. The exception to this rule is teacher’s discretion based on the Bring Your own Device “BYOD” Policy. Teachers shall have, at their discretion, the option of allowing electronic devices for educational purposes.
Please note that the school’s electronic devices policy covers all cell phone use during undesignated times, even communication between parents and children. Please do not call or text students except during their lunch period or before/after school. Parents may leave messages at the front office at 298-2500; students will receive those messages at the next class break. And, in case of emergency, students may use a school phone to call out.
Violations of this policy will result in confiscation of the device. Parents must retrieve the cell phone or electronic device after 3:00 p.m. from a school administrator on the day the phone was confiscated or on a subsequent school day. For the first offense, the student will be assigned one hour of detention. Additional offenses will result in greater penalties as indicated on the Discipline Procedures chart in the student handbook. The school is not responsible for lost, stolen, or confiscated electronic devices.
CELL PHONE AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE VIOLATION
1. Offense #1: 1hr detention, confiscation of device and parent is required to pick up the device after 3:00 pm
2. Offense #2: 1 day ISS, confiscate/parent pick up after 3:00pm
3. Offense #3: 3 days of ISS, confiscate/parent pick up after 3:00 p.m.
Students at A. C. Reynolds High School are expected to complete class and home assignments to the best of his or her own abilities. Students who cheat on class requirements will be held accountable through the teacher’s classroom rules and regulations. Plagiarism and online violations are considered cheating. Incidents reported to administration will be assigned a zero for the assignment and parents will be contacted, and suspension up to 3 days.
COMPUTER USE & SCHOOL EQUIPMENT VIOLATIONS
Students are required to sign an acceptable use agreement to use school computers. Students are also required to return a parent signed Internet agreement form to use the Internet at school. Violations will result in discipline and the loss of computer/internet use. In addition, legal charges may be filed. Any student who violates the school communication/security system will receive immediate and severe action. The administration and staff encourage students to take advantage of the BYOD policy, however it is up to the individual student to safeguard their personal property. AC Reynolds High School or its employees are not responsible for loss, theft, or damage of students’ electronic devices. Refer to BCBP 646.
1:1 Digital Device for 9th Grade
As part of the 1:1 digital initiative for Buncombe County School, all 9th grade students will be issued a Lenovo Think Pad device. Prior to issue, a Buncombe County School student Device User agreement must be signed and returned.
GANG AND GANG RELATED ACTIVIY
Buncombe County Schools defines a “gang” as any ongoing alliance or association of three or more individuals, formal or informal, having as one of its primary activities the commission of criminal acts or purposeful violation of school policy. Inherent to the gang’s structure is a common set of identifying traits including names, signs, colors, and symbols.
The following conduct or activity is prohibited and subject to consequences ranging from an initial warning accompanied by parent contact to assigned periods of short-term suspension to administrative recommendation for long-term suspension:
1. Displaying, possessing or distributing any clothing, jewelry, emblem, visible body marking, or literature that communicates or symbolizes affiliation with a gang.
2. Communicating gang affiliation through either verbal or non-verbal methods including, but not limited to, hand gestures, drawing, and electronic texting.
3. Tagging school or personal property with gang related symbols.
4. Harassment, intimidation, or solicitation directed toward a student or staff member relative to gang activity.
It is the policy of the Buncombe County Board of Education that students should not be subjected to forms of bullying, hazing, or discrimination while attending school or school-sponsored activities. The responsibility for effective prevention and response to acts of bullying, hazing, and discrimination lies within a collaborative effort of administrators, teachers, school staff, students, parents, school communities, and appropriate community support agencies.
"Bullying,” taunting, personal or sexual harassment, racial slurs or intimidation will result in immediate disciplinary action.
Definition and punishment - It shall be unlawful for any student in any college or school in the State to engage in what is known as hazing, or to aid or abet any other student in the commission of this offense. For the purposes of this section hazing is defined as follows: "to annoy any student by playing abusive or ridiculous tricks upon him, to frighten, scold, beat or harass him, or to subject him to personal indignity." Any violation of this section shall constitute a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500), imprisonment for not more than six months, or both. (1913, c.169, ss.1, 2, 3, 4:C.S., s4217; 1969, c. 1224, 2.1.)
Paragraph 14-36 - expulsion from school; duty of faculty to expel.
Upon conviction of any student of the offense of hazing, or of abetting in the commission of this offense, he shall, in addition to any punishment imposed on the court, be expelled from the college or school he is attending. The faculty or governing board of any college or school charged with the duty of expulsion of students for proper cause shall, upon such conviction at once expel the offender, and a failure to do so shall be a misdemeanor. (1913, c. 109; ss. 5, 5; C.S., s. 4218). Any violation of the aforementioned will result in disciplinary action within the school, criminal charges, and/or possible civil penalties being incurred.
If a student believes that he or she has been subjected to forms of bullying, hazing, or discrimination whether verbal, written, visual, or physical, the student should 13 immediately report the situation to the school administration. If for any reason, the student is not comfortable reporting to the school principal, then the complaint should be reported to the Anti-Bullying Hotline 225-5292 or by selecting the Report Bullying link on the school’s homepage on the website.