Cell Phone and Electronic Gadgets Policy (K-8)
Dear St. Stan’s Parents/Guardians:
The Age of Technology is very exciting as it has opened many doors for our students in communication and accessing information. We understand that parents feel their children are “safer” when they have cell phones. Unfortunately, reality is often the opposite. Technology can bring disruption to the classroom, inappropriate texting, and interference and overload to our wireless system.
In order to address these issues, we want have instituted a CELL PHONE and ELECTRONIC GADGETS POLICY.
It is not necessary for students to bring cell phones to school. Students are always allowed to make a phone call to a parent from the school office, even after “normal” school hours. The administration, faculty and staff highly discourage parents allowing students to bring a cell phone to school, much less keeping the cell phone in your child’s back pack. Cases in the past have included students taking cell phones to the bathroom to text or make phone calls. Other issues arise when the cell phone goes missing. The school takes no responsibility for lost or damaged cell phones.
If a student is caught on school grounds, either during school hours or after school hours, with a cell phone or other electronic device (electronic games, headphones, CDs, MP3s, IPods, pagers, cameras, etc.)—no matter what the purpose is, sending or receiving--it will be confiscated immediately and a $25 fee must be paid before it will be returned to the parent. If a second occurrence happens, $50 will be charged and the student will serve an in-school suspension.
Parents, please weigh carefully the need for your child to have a cell phone. It is important that you monitor the content of the communication that is occurring on these phones. If you decide to allow your child to bring a cell phone to school, all students in PS-5th grade must check the phone in the office each morning and students in 6th-8th give their cell phones to their homeroom teachers. If a child is staying in after-care, the cell phone is given over to the adult supervising after-care or placed in the school office. The cell phone is given to the child once an adult has picked them up for the day.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation on this very important matter.
Michele Alday-Engelman, Principal