Natchitoches Parish School Board employees may possess an electronic telecommunication device in any elementary, middle, or high school building, or on the grounds thereof or in any school bus used to transport public school students, but must not have them turned on or use them during instructional time, or while on duty, or in the presence of students, except in an emergency, as defined below.




Acceptable use of cell phones and electronic devices in school buildings and on school buses by teachers, staff, and contractors under the charge of the Natchitoches Parish School Board shall be subject to the following:


  1. Cell phones shall not be used by a driver while a motor vehicle is in operation.  This includes the use of hands free devices.

  2. Cell phones are to be kept out of sight and the power off when students are present.

  3. In a situation where there is a "real need" for the phone to be on, it should be set on "silent" or "vibrate".  Real need is defined as a situation where a staff member may need to be contacted without delay.  In such cases teachers and staff/contractors should not talk on the cell phone in front of students.  The staff member should timely inform the principal of this individual situation for each such occurrence.

  4. Cell phones should not be used by teachers, staff/contractors in hallways, the cafeteria, or any area when students are in sight.

  5. Cell phone use by teachers, staff/contractors is permissible if used out of the sight of students (classrooms with no students, teacher lounge, faculty restrooms etc.) and during planning periods on non-instructional time or periods that do not interfere with work.







School administrators, Natchitoches Parish School Board supervisors and Board members shall be allowed to carry cell phones in sight due to administrative and safety responsibilities.  The phone is required to be in the vibrate mode and used out of sight of students whenever possible.  No personal use of the cell phone shall be allowed except as provided above for teachers, staff/contractors.


In the event of an emergency, any person may use any electronic device available.  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.


Revised:  March, 2008



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

Board minutes, 8-9-07


Natchitoches Parish School Board