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Electronic Communication Device


An “electronic communication device” (ECD) is a device that emits an audible signal, vibrates, displays a message, image or otherwise summons or delivers a communication to the possessor.  The following devices are examples of ECDs: cellular and wireless telephones, pagers/beepers, personal digital assistants (PDAs), Blackberries/Smartphones, Nooks, Kindles, laptops and other e-readers, Wi-Fi enabled or broadband access devices, two-way radios or video broadcasting devices, and other devices that allow a person to record and/or transmit, on either a real time or delayed basis, sound, video or still images, text or other information. To prevent disruption of the learning environment and to prevent using the messaging functions to cheat during assessments, or violate the privacy rights of students who are minors, ECDs are not to be seen or heard between the hours of 7:30am and 3:30pm. Prior to a student entering the campus, his or her ECD must be turned off and stored out of sight, in pockets, bags, backpacks, etc. If a Wade Hampton High School student’s ECD is seen or heard between the hours of 7:30am and 3:30pm, the ECD will be confiscated. Ear buds/headphones/Bluetooth devices are considered an extension of the ECD and if seen or heard will subject the ECD to confiscation. ECDs that are confiscated will be labeled with the student’s name and placed in a locked box. Confiscated ECDs will be subject to a $20.00 reclaiming fee. The student’s parent/guardian will be allowed to pick up the ECD on Tuesday and Thursday between the hours of 8:00am- 10:0am on Tuesday's and 1:00pm-3:00pm on Thursday’s. Students are to go to the office to make emergency phone calls home. In cases of emergency, parents are asked to call the school office. School office personnel are proficient at relaying messages from parents to students. Emergency phone calls can always be made in the main/office during school hours.Wade Hampton High School and school administration are not liable/ responsible for students’ personal property unless confiscated for a violation of the schools’ ECD policy. School administration will not carry on investigations of lost or stolen student personal property.


Failure to surrender device will be considered deliberate refusal to obey and subject to disciplinary procedures in accordance to the student disciplinary code.