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Cell Phones

Although students are not encouraged to bring cell phones to school due to the possibility of loss, theft or damage, we understand that many families want their children to have a cell phone to contact parents before or after school hours. 
Therefore, if a student chooses to bring a cell phone to school, it must be turned "OFF" during the school day and placed where it will not be accessed during the instructional day -- in a backpack, jacket, etc.  It should not be visible to other students or staff during the day.  If a student does not follow these rules and 1) uses the cell phone, or 2) the cell phone rings, or 3) the cell phone is visible to other staff or students during the instructional day, it will be confiscated and turned in to the office.  Parents will be contacted to come to school and pick up the phone at their convenience.
If a student needs to contact a parent, office phones can be used for medical emergencies or with teacher permission. As a way of teaching responsibility, students are discouraged from phoning home for forgotten items such as homework, musical instruments or tennis shoes.
We believe that this policy allows families the flexibility to use cell phones as needed, but will also protect the school day for teaching and learning.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding in this matter.