Electronic Devices

Abuse of Electronic and Internet/Communication Devices

The School Board of Orange County, Florida is committed to providing a safe, positive, productive and nurturing educational environment. The use of the internet or an electronic device to convey any communication, image or illustration that causes or contributes to the intimidation, harassment, abuse, or disparagement of students and staff is strictly prohibited. This includes any such communication, image or illustration that is prepared or originates off school grounds and adversely impacts the educational environment at school for students or staff.

The following electronic communication conveyed by internet or an electronic device is prohibited:

  • cyber-stalking
  • bullying/cyber-bullying
  • coercion, extortion
  • making threats of violence or harm or other computer related crimes that impact the educational environment.

Violation of the Abuse of Electronic and Internet/Communication Devices policy may result in discipline in accordance with the Code of Student Conduct. OCPS administrators have sole discretion to determine whether any electronic communication, image or illustration violates this policy and the Code of Student Conduct.

Any student who learns of any offensive internet content or electronic communication, image, or illustration that relates to any OCPS school, student or staff member should immediately report the matter to school staff. Each report will be evaluated to determine the appropriate action.

Cell Phone Policy for Students

A student may possess a cell phone on school property, at after school activities, and at school-related functions, provided that during school hours and on a school bus, the cell phone remains off and is concealed. Possession of a cell phone by a student is a privilege. Violations of this policy may result in confiscation of the cell phone and/or other disciplinary actions. The parent/guardian will make arrangements to pick up the cell phone from the school. At no time shall Orange County Public Schools be responsible for theft, loss or damage to cell phones or other electronic devices brought onto its property.