Electronics/Cell Phone Use


Cell phones/electronic devices may serve as an outstanding instructional tool and learning resource if used appropriately. We encourage our staff members and our students to use electronics and other 21st century devices to supplement instruction and learning.  In order to preserve the teaching and learning environment, this document is to clarify the cell phone/electronic devices policy for Benicia High School. The policy is:

❒ Cell phones/electronic devices may only be used for educational purposes in the classroom setting. If a student wishes to use their device for non-educational purposes, they may do so before the morning bell rings, during passing periods, snack, lunch, and after school.

❒ Cell phones/electronic devices must have sound turned OFF before entering any classroom, office, library, locker room, lab, and/or theater.

❒ Once inside any of the aforementioned locations, students must store their cell phones/electronic devices in a location that is not visible to the teacher or other students. Students may use the device with teacher approval.  

❒ If a cell phone/electronic device rings, vibrates, or is used for any reason without teacher permission,  or is visible anytime during class time, or if you are caught using it on campus during class time, a staff member may confiscate the device.

❒ Refusal to surrender your phone when asked is considered defiance. Defiance may result in disciplinary consequences, including suspension. Parents will be contacted.

First Offense ~ The device will be held in the Administration office until the end of the school day and a lunch or after school detention will be issued. Students may pick up their phone at the end of the school day.

Second Offense ~ The device will remain in the main office until the end of the school day. The student will be issued a CPT Detention. Parent will contacted for phone pick up.

Third Offense ~ The device will remain in the main office for the remainder of the week. The student will serve an in-house suspension.  Phone may only be picked up by a parent.

The staff of Benicia High requests your FULL co-operation with our policy.

You can contact your child via their cell phone during snack and lunch. In the event of an immediate emergency, please call the main school line at 747-8325.  We ask that you do NOT call or text your student during class time as this is a disruption to instruction.

BHS is not responsible for lost, broken, or stolen phones.