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TO AMEND SECTION 59-63-280, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO STUDENT POSSESSION OF PAGING DEVICES, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A STUDENT MAY NOT POSSESS A PAGING DEVICE WHILE ON SCHOOL PROPERTY DURING NORMAL SCHOOL HOURS.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 59-63-280 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 59-63-280. (A) For purposes of this section, 'paging device' means a telecommunications device, to include mobile telephones,
device that emits an audible signal, vibrates, displays a message, or otherwise summons or delivers a communication to the possessor.
(B) A student may not possess a paging device as defined in subsection (A) while on school property during the normal school hours unless the student has been given special permission by the principal or his designee. The board of trustees of each school district shall adopt a discipline policy that addresses the prohibition of student possession of paging devices as defined in subsection (A). This policy must be included in the district's written student conduct standards. If the policy includes confiscation of a paging device, as defined in subsection (A), it should also provide for the return of the device to the owner."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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