All Avoyelles Parish School Board employees - including teachers, support staff, substitutes and those contracted for services - may possess electronic telecommunication devices in any elementary, middle, or high school building, or on the grounds thereof or in any school bus used to transport public school students or during the course of driving a School Board-owned vehicle. However, use of these devices shall be governed by the following provisions:


  1. Devices shall not be used during instructional time, while on duty, or in the presence of students unless authorized by the school principal or Superintendent, except in an emergency.  An emergency is defined as an actual or imminent threat to public health or safety, which may result in loss of life, injury, or property damage.

  2. Camera phones with video and/or still photography capabilities, voice-recording capabilities, or future technological improvements and/or equivalent equipment shall not be used unless authorized by the school principal or his/her designee.

  3. During the weeks of state testing (including end-of-course tests), camera phones shall be prohibited in the same room with secure testing materials.

  4. District level personnel visiting any school site or attending any school/district related meeting shall turn off their cell phones, or put them or other electronic telecommunication devices on vibrate or silent, as authorized by their immediate supervisor.

  5. Employees shall not make or receive cellular phone calls during any professional meetings which they are required to attend, i.e., faculty meetings, department meetings, in-service sessions, etc.

  6. Employees shall not make or receive cellular phone calls during any time that they are driving School Board-owned vehicles, as well as driving privately-owned school buses. Cellular phones should be off during the times that employees are driving these vehicles.  Any employees who are required to maintain radio contact with their departments while driving must come to a complete stop at a safe place as soon as possible to respond to or to make a radio call.


Employees who are not in compliance with any of the above guidelines may be subject to disciplinary actions, including but not limited to, dismissal of the employee.



Ref:     La. Rev. Stat. Ann. ยงยง17:81, 17:239

Board minutes, 1-8-08


Avoyelles Parish School Board