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403.29 - Use of Personal Electronic Devices, District Telephones, and District Cell Phones

District Cell Phones/Telephones: District telephones are a vital part of our day-to-day operations. Because of the large volume of business transacted by telephone, personal use of the telephone should be limited, and personal calls should be brief.

District cell phones are furnished to certain employees in connection with their duties. Employees who are issued cell phones by the Linn-Mar Community School District should limit personal use of cell phones in the same way they need to limit personal use of their office telephone. Employees that have excessive cell phone usage as determined by administration for personal calls will be subject to corrective action up to and including termination.

The Linn-Mar Community School District requires the safe use of its cell phones by employees while conducting business. Employees should not use cell phones while driving because of safety concerns but should instead pull to the side of the road to make or receive telephone calls and/or read/send text messages. If unable to pull over or stop prior to receiving a cell phone call employees should utilize a hands-free device for increased safety, keep the business conversation brief, and immediately locate a safe area to park. The Linn-Mar Community School District does not permit employees to drive while using a hand-held cell phone.

Personal Cell Phones and Electronic Devices: During work time employees should limit the use of their personal cell phones or electronic devices including but not limited to social media, Pinterest, etc. Employees should set personal cell phones on the silent ring mode during work hours to avoid disturbing those working around them.

Photographic Use of Cell Phones or Electronic Devices: Regardless of whether a cell phone is district-issued or personal in nature, employees should never use any type of photographic feature on their cell phones to take pictures on school premises, while conducting school business, or at school-sponsored functions without receiving written permission from administration unless the photographs are to be used to document conduct that is in violation of board policy, damage to district property, an accident on district property or involving district vehicles, for the use of identifying equipment for work documentation or repair information, or to document public activities or events honoring employees, students, or the district.

Adopted: 2/09
Reviewed: 1/11; 12/11; 9/14; 6/20; 4/23
Revised: 2/10; 4/13; 11/16; 8/17
Legal Reference (Iowa Code): §§ 279.8; 321.276
IASB Reference: 401.12; 401.12-R(1)