When Connecticut’s last public school handbook was issued in 1985, few students had their own telephones and few schools were equipped with computers. Of course, times have changed.

The new version of Connecticut Public School Students’ Handbook on Rights and Responsibilities, issued in January, deals with such issues as the use of beepers and cell phones at school and the use of school computers to download pornography from the internet.

Students are advised that school officials have the right to search their personal lockers if they are suspected of containing contraband. They also are informed that “computer use is designated for educational purposes only.”

The handbook was put together by a students’ group, the Connecticut State Student Advisory Council on Education, with help from state officials.

Molly McDowell, a 17-year-old council member from Kent, presented the handbook to members of the state Board of Education this week at the board’s monthly meeting.

“We’ll see that a couple of copies are sent to every school in the state and to each superintendent,” she said.

She said the council thought it was time Connecticut students had an updated book that dealt with contemporary issues, such as web sites, drug policy, and suicide prevention, among other things.