Our school staff has overwhelmingly agreed that a consistent school-wide policy to bar cell phone use during the school day will help students stay more present and engage in their learning. The intent is to support them in their social/emotional, and academic success, removing a major temptation and distraction, and promoting face to face social interaction and connection. Phones are not merely distractions for students, but it also has shown to be a safety issue as it increases cyberbullying and Cell phones can very easily lead to peer pressure.
If you plan on having your child bring a cell phone (or any other personal electronic devises) to school they will need to have it in their locker at all times. Please ensure that you review our policy and inform your child that you will get a hold of them in emergency situations via our school phone. If your child needs to get a hold of you, they will be able to make a call in a classroom or the office. Please do not expect to communicate with your children via their cell phone during school hours. We know that this will help our students focus on school. The following is our policy when a student does not place the phone in their locker. Your partnership in this policy is crucial to your child’s success. We want to be proactive and having you speak to your child(ren) about this policy will help support our commitments.
|Step 1:||If a student has their phone during class, the teacher uses google hangout to have a dedicated person to valet* the phone.Will be placed in phone valet and student will pick up after school (3:05pm)An auto-dialer to families will be made to inform families|
|Step 2:||If a student refuses to valet phone, admin or culture team member will take them to the welcome centerStudent will need to valet phone and parent will be called to inform of occurrence.If student does not want to valet phone, parents will need to come to school to pick up phone|
|Step 3:||Once step 2 occurs for the second time: Admin will schedule a parent meeting and create a cell phone plan and the phone will need to be picked up by a parent or family member.Students may be referred to Saturday school due to loss of learning time.The plan may include (but not limited to) checking in the phone every morning, or banning bringing a phone to school.|
*Valet service – a secure way that hold phones when students do not place them in their locker
**Bear Valley is not responsible for any lost personal electronic devices**