Dear Parents and Guardians:
Mayor De Blasio has changed the official policy on cell phones in schools. As part of this new policy the Department of Education is directing schools to set forth their own policy as to when and where cell phones and other personal electronic devices may be used throughout the school day.
After consultation with the School Safety, Student Government, Parent Association, and the School Leadership Team, we have agreed on the policy outlined below. All key stakeholders agreed that, given our school’s access to portable technology, the introduction of cell phones in classrooms, etc. was not necessary. This new policy is very similar to our current policy, laid out in the Parent Handbook, with only minor adjustments.
· Phones are allowed in school but should not be seen or heard in school. This includes timers, alarms and any other noises. If a student’s device is seen or heard it will be confiscated.
· If a device is confiscated, the school will return the device to a parent only.
· The use of electronic devices and cell phones are not allowed under any circumstances. If a student needs to contact home for any reason, they will be permitted to use the phones in the Main Office.
· PS 69X Journey Prep and the DOE are not responsible for lost or damaged electronic devices. You bring these items to school at your own risk.
· Students will not be permitted to use electronic devices during lunch, recess, or any other free period.
· Electronic devices may not be turned on or used during fire drills or other emergency preparedness exercises.
· Use of an electronic device during an exam or other assessment, even just to check the time, is considered academic dishonesty and will be handled as outlined in the Parent Handbook.
· Electronic devices may not be used in bathrooms.
As always, we remind students that these devices often invite the attention of individuals with the desire to steal them when displayed in public places to and from school. Students must be aware of their surroundings and keep these devices in their bags.
Please review this information and be sure that you are familiar with these guidelines.