Policy change allows tablets at Pikeland Community School

Posted: Jan. 17, 2013 10:38 am Updated: Jan. 31, 2013 1:15 pm

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- One of the most popular Christmas gifts for Pikeland Community School students is heading the classroom.

A revised PCS policy allows students to bring e-readers and tablets to school to use to read books. A letter sent home this month to parents and guardians outlines policy guidelines.

The electronic devices are to be used solely for reading books, not for playing games or listening to music.

Students caught using the device improperly will see it taken away and turned into the office on the first offense. A parent or guardian will need to come to the office and pick up the device. For a second offense, the device will be taken from the student and turned into the office. The parent will need to come to the office to pick up the device, and the student will not be allowed to use the device at school for the remainder of the year.

PCS 6-8 Principal Lisa Jockisch said students already were allowed to bring e-readers to school, but previous guidelines prohibited bringing devices with 3G technology. With the technology becoming so prevalent, the school updated its policy to permit tablets.

"It's something we have to update each year," Jockisch said.

Policy changes likely will come in January, after the latest wave of devices and technology advances marketed for the Christmas season.

The school district does not assume any responsibility for damaged or stolen e-readers or tablets. Students also will not be allowed to access the school's computer network.


-- Deborah Gertz Husar