Cell Phone & Device Policy


Dear Parents and Guardians of 6th-8th grade students,

As we look forward to the start of the 2023-2024 school year, please be aware that SBISD 6-8th grade students will not be allowed to use personal telecommunications/electronic devices (e.g.  cell phones, smart watches, ear buds, etc.) during instructional/classroom times and passing periods. Students in grades 6-8 will follow their campus regulations regarding the use of telecommunication/electronic devices during their lunch period.

Exceptions may be made for medical reasons where the device is used to support the student’s medical needs. In these circumstances, a written request must be provided to, and verified by, the school nurse.

Any telecommunications/electronic device brought on campus must be kept in the student’s backpack during instructional times and passing periods, and in alignment with campus regulations during their lunch period.

During instructional times and passing periods, devices should be set on “silent,” “do not disturb,” or an equivalent setting. Any device with “AirDrop®,” “Nearby Share®,” or the like, should always be set to, “receiving off.” The use of these types of peer-to-peer file sharing/transferring capabilities (including audio, video, pictures, etc.) is always prohibited during the school day. We define the school day as the time from the first bell in the morning to the dismissal bell in the afternoon.

Students may use a personal telecommunications/electronic device at athletic or other extracurricular events or other school related activities/special events outside the school day.

This update in our practices aligns with our Core Characteristics of a T-2-4 Graduate and will enable students to maximize their focus on instruction and building positive relationships with their peers and teachers while positively impacting overall classroom and campus culture.

We thank you for your cooperation and understanding. Should you have questions, please reach out to your building principal.


Jennifer Blaine, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools