(105 ILCS 5/34-18.14)
(from Ch. 122, par. 34-18.14)
Cellular radio telecommunication devices.
(a) The General Assembly finds and declares that the educational
development of all persons to the limits of their capacities is a fundamental
goal of the people of this State and that to achieve such goal it is essential
to provide a safe and secure learning environment within the public schools.
While recognizing that cellular radio telecommunication devices may be used for
inappropriate activities during school hours and on school property and may, on
occasion, cause disruption to the classroom environment, the General Assembly
also recognizes that the use of cellular radio telecommunication devices can
decrease the response time of officials to emergency situations. In addition,
cellular radio telecommunication devices allow parents an additional and timely
method of contacting their children should an emergency situation arise.
Therefore, it is the purpose and intention of the General Assembly in enacting
this legislation to (i) reduce the occurrence of inappropriate and disruptive
activities during school hours and on school property occurring through the use
of cellular radio telecommunication devices and (ii) increase the safety of
students and school personnel during school hours and on school property.
(b) The board may establish appropriate rules and disciplinary
procedures governing the use or possession of cellular radio telecommunication
devices by a student while in a school or on school property, during regular
school hours, or at any other time.
(Source: P.A. 92-793, eff. 8-9-02.)