Use of cell phones by students is not allowed during the school day. Cell phones brought to school must be silenced and kept in the student’s locker during the school day, including passing periods and lunch period.  The District does not require students to bring cell phones to school, and students who choose to bring cell phones to school are doing so voluntarily. The school does not guarantee the security of personal devices against loss, theft or damage.

Students have access to building phones during the school day; families may contact students through the main office during school hours. Students feeling ill will be sent to the clinic, and the Clinic Health Aide will contact parents as necessary.

CHROMEBOOKS and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)
The student’s use of technology demands personal responsibility and an understanding of the appropriate handling of such devices and the data processed on them and the acceptable and unacceptable uses of such devices. Failure to follow the district Acceptable Use Agreement may result in disciplinary action. During a student’s instructional hours within the school day, Chromebooks and BYODs are to be used only for academic purposes, and only with staff approval.

As part of the Chatfield area 1-to-1 Chromebook initiative, all 6th graders are required to purchase a Chromebook from the school to use for educational purposes at school and at home. The initiative Chromebooks are equipped specifically for integration into school and district resources, including security and monitoring, standardized testing, and access to internal networks. Chromebooks are paid for by a school fee assessed at registration and distributed during the first weeks of school.

The Jeffco Bring Your Own Device program (BYOD) provides instructions on setting up a student device to access the district network while at school. Please visit the Family Resources section of the school website for instructions on BYOD procedures - both a parent/guardian and the student must complete the required steps in JeffcoConnect to obtain network access for the device.

Although students will often utilize their technology in class, it is important for students to develop healthy social interactions and have time away from device screens. Accordingly, the lunch room and recess time are considered Technology-Free Zones, where students can interact with one another without the interference or distraction of technology, including Chromebooks, laptops, tablets, iPads, cell phones, and any other electronic devices. All devices should be stored in the student’s locker during the lunch period.

Once on school property, students must dismount from skateboards and bicycles and walk them to the appropriate rack. Bicycles, scooters and skateboards must be locked outside on the racks. Students must provide their own lock to secure their bicycles, scooters and skateboards to the racks. Skateboards, scooters and bicycles are not allowed on the buses.

All students are assigned a locker with a built-in combination lock. Under no circumstances should students share their combination with others. All personal items are brought to school at the student’s own risk – the school does not guarantee the security of personal items against loss, theft or damage. During the school day, coats and backpacks are to be stored in lockers.

Personal items that cause a distraction or disruption to the learning environment or are used in violation of school policy will be confiscated. Items will be held in the main office until the student returns a signed Parent/Guardian Acknowledgement form or a parent/guardian picks up the item. Repeated violations will result in disciplinary action.

A Lost and Found Box is located in the main hall near the Cafetorium. All items left in Lost and Found before Winter Break and Summer Break will be donated.

Deer Creek discourages the consumption of energy drinks (Red Bull, Monster, Amp, Rockstar, NOS, etc.) at school. The high caffeine and sugar content in these beverages can have a negative effect on the ability to maintain focus in the classroom. The ingredients in energy drinks provide a short-term energy boost but often lead to a “crash” of lethargy when the initial impact of the stimulants wears off. Students will be asked to dispose of energy drinks on campus.

Students may bring their own lunch from home, purchase a full lunch, or use the school’s "a la carte" line. Students may deposit money into their personal lunch accounts at any time. District policy regarding purchase of lunches when students have insufficient funds in their account:

  • Families are expected to keep student meal accounts current.
  • Cafeteria purchases are tracked in the student’s meal account by the cafeteria checkout system.
  • Students may purchase a standard school lunch even if they have insufficient funds in their account.
  • Students may not purchase a la carte items if they have a negative balance on their account.
  • Students may not purchase a la carte items with cash (bottled beverages, milk, extra entrees, snack items, etc.) when their account is in the negative.
  • Communication is emailed to all families twice a week with negative balances until the negative balance is cleared.

Families are encouraged to use the SchoolCafe system to pay and monitor lunch accounts. With this program, parents/guardians may deposit money into their student’s lunch account, monitor amount spent per day, check balances, be alerted when a student’s account falls to a specified level, and set up automatic payments to the account when it is depleted. A link to SchoolCafe is available on the school website under Family Resources.

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