--At Dorchester District 2, the cell-phone policy varies depending on the school level. Elementary and middle school students get two chances. The first time a student is caught using a cell phone, the phone will be returned to the parent. All other offenses result in the cell phone being confiscated and a student or parent paying a $25 fine to get it back, or the cell phone is retained for the remainder of the school year. High school students get only one chance -- the phone is taken and it costs $25 to get it back.

--This year, Berkeley County students caught using their phones the first time were given a warning and their phones confiscated. Parents could then pick up the phones from the school anytime. But if students were caught a second time, they were suspended for a day and their phones were confiscated until the end of the school year.

--For Charleston County students caught using their cell phones, the device is confiscated but will be returned to the parent or guardian of the student at the end of school year or earlier. However, failure to retrieve the device within 30 days of the end of the school year results in the disposal of the cell phone.

--For first offenders in Dorchester District 4, the phone is confiscated and may be picked up by a parent at the end of the nine-week grading period. The second time, the school keeps the phone until the school year ends.