USD-457 School Board Adopts New Cell Phone, Electronic Media Policies


(Garden City, KS) (

School District officials say cell phones are not allowed to be on during the school day for Kindergarten through 8th graders.  High School students are allowed to have their cell phones on before school, during lunch, and during ‘pass-times.’ 1st time violators will have their phone taken away from them and returned at the end of the day, 2nd time offenders will have their phone taken away and only returned to their parents.  The previous rule regarding cell phones banned them entirely from campus if they were equipped with a camera.

The new policy also addresses the use of electronic media by staff.  The detailed rules are require employee posts to be job related and forbid online communication between employees and staff between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.