8332 - Use of District-owned Cell Phones


Adoption Date: 5/12/2005, Revised: 12/9/2010 
8000 - Support Services

8332 Use of District-owned Cell Phones

The Board of Education recognizes that certain District employees will be required to carry District-owned cell phones in order to meet their job responsibilities. Such phones should be provided only when a less costly alternative is not available or is not appropriate in the circumstances.

A list of job titles requiring District-owned cell phones shall be maintained in the Business Office and reported to the Board for its approval each year at its organizational meeting in July. All cellular telephone contracts shall be secured through the appropriate purchasing process and shall be subject to review and approval by the Board.

Cell phones are to be used for School District business purposes only and anything other than incidental private use is prohibited. Failure to follow these guidelines may result in revocation of the phone and discipline of the employee. In addition, since employees are issued District-owned cell phones in connection with their work responsibilities, employees should not have an expectation of privacy with respect to information contained on the device (e.g., text messages, records of phone calls).

As with any District-owned equipment, employees must take proper care of cell phones and take all reasonable precautions against damage, loss, or theft. Any damage, loss, or theft must be reported immediately to the Business Office. Since employees are responsible for the safe return of District-owned cell phones, employees who use District-owned cell phones may be liable for damages or loss which occur during the period of its use.

Policy References:
Fourth Amendment, U.S. Constitution
Fourteenth Amendment, U.S. Constitution
City of Ontario, California v. Quon 560 US ___ (2010)