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Student Cell Phone Use - Click to read about our procedures and protocols.
STUDENT CELL PHONE USE
The impact of social media on our society is growing exponentially each day. We understand that many students have cell phones, smart phones, smart watches, etc. We do not feel that there is a need for a child to use them in the elementary school. We do not allow students to make calls from their own phones as we have a dedicated student phone in the Main Office for students to use. Plans cannot be coordinated through the students’ phones as we ask that you send in a note with changes in dismissal or contact the school under emergency circumstances. Although students are not using phones in class, we are noticing that they are taking them out in the morning (in the bus room), in the hallways (as they wait to go into their classrooms in the morning), and at dismissal (in the hallways and in the bus rooms.)
In accordance with Blind Brook Board Policy 7310 - Code of Conduct on School Property - there is a clear Level 1 Infraction stated about not permitting cell phones to be used by students in school:
Unauthorized use of electronic devices, including phone, tablet, headphones.
Please know that there are exceptions to this policy, but ALL exceptions need to have approval from a BMPRSS administrator, faculty, or staff member.
On Page 39 of the District Code of Conduct under "3. Bus Rules" it states:
9 - Phone calls and texting are not allowed on school buses unless in an emergency where immediate communication is necessary and with permission of the bus driver.
10 - Video/audio recordings and pictures are not allowed to be taken by students riding District buses