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We have a growing number of students who bring cell phones to school—often hidden in pockets and backpacks, then brought out secretly in the classroom, washrooms and on the playground. Unfortunately, we have had to deal with an increasing number of “bullying” issues resulting from hurtful texting. Although these incidents often occur outside of school, the issues that result are brought to school and influence negative student behaviour.
Students should NOT bring electronic devices, games, IPods, IPhones to school
—they are known to be the cause of great distraction, and there is always the concern that such costly items may go missing. Due to privacy concerns, these items should never be used to take pictures at school. The school cannot take responsibility for the safety of these items.
Students are asked to leave cell phones at home.
Cell phones should only be at school if there is a family emergency. In these cases, a note should come to school informing us of the need.
The phone will be the responsibility of the family, and must be turned off and stay in a backpack throughout the day. If a student is found inappropriately using a cell phone at school, it will be taken and stored at the office, and will only be returned to a parent.
A student phone is available at the school with teacher permission. Please make your scheduling and playdate arrangements at home in the morning so that students do not feel the need to contact you during the school day.
Click the pdf below for more information around the RLE Electronics & Cell Phone Policy:
RLE Electronics and Cell Phone Policy.pdf