Cell Phone Policy



Amarillo ISD is not responsible for lost or stolen cell phones and other telecommunications devices or for fees or payments on these devices while the devices are in the student’s or the school’s possession.


Telecommunications devices include but are not limited to cell phones, pagers/beepers, and walkie-talkies.

High School and middle school students may possess telecommunications devices provided the device remains off during the instructional school day.

During state testing, all telecommunications devices will be collected by the test administrator and returned to the students after the testing.

High school and middle school campus administrators shall have the discretion to determine the appropriate use of telecommunications devices outside the school day for students participating in extracurricular activities while on school property or while attending school-sponsored or school-related activities on or off school property.

Teachers and administrators shall confiscate telecommunications devices used in violation of this policy.

Students who repeatedly violate this policy shall be subject to established disciplinary measures.

For each offense, the student’s parent will be notified that a device has been confiscated.

On the first and second offenses during a semester, a $15.00 fee will be charged to return

the device. If the fee is not paid, the device will be kept by the school until the end of the


On the third offense during a semester, a confiscated device will be kept until the end of

the semester unless the principal or assistant principal determines that an emergency or

other extenuating circumstance exists, and the $15.00 fee is paid.

On the fourth offense during a semester, the confiscated device will be kept until the end

of the semester.

Principals may designate a time and day of the week to return cell phones and other telecommunications devices that have been confiscated during the previous seven days. The school will keep a log of all confiscated devices and will receipt each return. All fees collected are designated to be used for security hardware on the campus.

At the end of each semester, principals shall designate a period of time for unclaimed devices to be picked up. A $15.00 fee will be charged to return each device. If the $15.00 fee is not paid and the device is not claimed within the designated time period, it will be held until the second week of June.

By June 15 the student’s parent and the company whose DISPOSAL name and address or telephone number appear on any confiscated cell phone or other telecommunications device that is still in the school’s possession will receive notice of the school’s intent to dispose of the device. The notice will include the serial number of the device and may be made by telephone or in writing.

Devices that are not claimed by
July 30 shall be disposed of by the District.

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