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Responsible Use Of Mobile Phones Policy

The school recognises that some guardians/parents provide mobile phones to their children for safety and organisational reasons.

We, therefore, need to be specific about what we mean by responsible use: The School means:

1. Students are allowed to use their mobile phones before school, at breaks and after school (whether for calls, texts or as ipods). Students are not to use their devices as cameras for photos or videos.

2. Students are not allowed to use or have mobile phones turned on in class time.

3. If, under teacher direction, students are asked to or allowed to use their phone, then it is permitted. This is not allowed in any class unless specifically directed by the teacher in charge of the class.

4. If a student is using the phone in class time and has not been specifically allowed to by the teacher in charge of the class, then they must hand it in to the teacher when requested to, without question.

In this circumstance, the phone is handed by the teacher to the front office, or Deputy Principal to be collected at the end of the day. Repeated instances of this for a particular student will mean the student will be required to hand their phone daily to the front office for a specified number of school days. Parents/Guardians will be notified via telephone call and/or letter. Students will be required to sign for their phone in the phone log at the end of each day. This will be the responsibility of the student.

5. Any arguments from the student regarding handing over their phone, will mean that BMIS strategies will be applied according to the school's BMIS policy. All students should comply with all requests from all staff members.

6. Students are not allowed to take photographs or film other students or staff on their phone or another electronic device. Staff are not to take photos of students unless a parent/guardian has given permission.

7. It is not acceptable for students to access social media sites on their phones while at school.

8. Students are not to charge any electronic devices at school. We cannot provide security for this and the phone may be stolen.

9. The use of mobile phones on excursions and camps will be at the discretion of the teacher in charge. The teacher in charge will instruct students as to when they can use their phones. Phones will predominantly be used for emergency communication and to be able to communicate with their parents/carers and family members.

The phone policy and associated consequences still apply in the event of student misuse.

10. It is important that students understand that any mobile phone use, or restriction of use in class time, is entirely the decision of the teacher's class students are in. A reminder that courteous use of mobile phones is essential.

Overall, the responsible use of mobile phone policy means that students are required to act responsibly. If students cannot work within these guidelines, a decision to ban the use of mobile phones may be reinstated. Following these guidelines we all should be able to work together in harmony and respect.

A PDF version of this policy can be downloaded HERE.

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