Cell Phone Policy 2018 - 2019

SCHOOL-BASED POLICY OF INWOOD EARLY COLLEGE FOR USE OF CELL PHONES, COMPUTING DEVICES, AND PORTABLE MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEMS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY

2018-2019

 

THERE IS NO CELL PHONE USE DURING CLASSES AT INWOOD EARLY COLLEGE.

 

Students are permitted to bring to school cell phones; laptops, tablets, iPads and other similar computing devices (“computing devices”); and portable music and entertainment systems, such as iPods, MP3 players, PSP, and Nintendo DS ONLY UNDER THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS:

 

A. The use of cell phones, computing devices and portable music and entertainment systems at school is subject to the restrictions below.

  • Cell phones are collected upon entrance to school daily. They are secured by the grade level administrator and returned to students at the end of the day.

  • Portable music and entertainment systems MUST BE PUT AWAY (in pocket, book bag, or locker) and MAY NOT BE VISIBLE during regular class time or the administration of any school quiz, test or examination. 

  • Portable music and entertainment systems MAY NOT BE TURNED ON OR USED during regular class time or the administration of any school quiz, test or examination. 

  • Computing devices may not be turned on or used during the administration of any school quiz, test or examination, except where such use has been explicitly authorized by the school or is contained in an Individualized Education Program or Section 504 Accommodation Plan.

  • Use of cell phones, computing devices, portable music and entertainment systems and other electronic devices during the administration of state standardized examinations is governed by State Education Department Rules.

  • Cell phones, computing devices and portable music and entertainment systems may not be turned on or used during school fire drills or other emergency preparedness exercises.

  • Cell phones, computing devices, and portable music and entertainment systems may not be used in locker rooms or bathrooms.    

B.     Portable music, entertainment systems, and computing devices may be used as set forth below (consistent with Regulation A-413).

 

During the school day:

  • Above noted devices may ONLY be used during the following non-instructional times of the school day: STUDENT LUNCH PERIOD- 11: 20 – 11:55 ONLY in the following designated areas: STUDENT CAFETERIA

  • Staff members in charge of student lunch will direct students to turn off devices at 11:55 before leaving the cafeteria to return to class. 

 

At the End of extended day, after-school, school-sponsored programs or activities:

  • Cell phones and computing devices may be used to contact parents or guardians after students’ last class period and when students have been dismissed for the day.

  • Cell phones and computing devices may be used to contact parents or guardians after the extended day program or activity concludes.

C.     Confiscation and return of electronic items

 

Students are expected to comply with the policy regarding cell phones, entertainment systems, and computing devices as outlined above. If students behave in any way that contradicts the above policy, they will first be given the opportunity to correct their own behavior.

 

If a student fails to comply with the policy after being given an opportunity to self-correct their behavior, then progressive measures may include, but are not limited to:

  • Warning- a counselor or administrator will direct the student to step out of the classroom, secure the device, and issue a warning; the student is then allowed to return to class if s/he complies and retrieves the device at the end of the day;

  • Confiscation of item and return following student entering into behavioral contract-  if the student does not respond appropriately to the warning, the item will be confiscated and returned after the student signs a behavioral contract;

  • Confiscation of item and return following parent conference- if the student violates the above policy more than once, the item will be confiscated and returned only following completion of a parent conference;

  • Revocation of privilege to bring item to school-- if the student repeatedly violates the above policy, s/he will have the privilege revoked and will no longer be allowed to bring the item to school.

 

F. Discipline
 

Students who use cell phones, computing devices, and/or portable music and entertainment system in violation of any provision of the DOE’s Discipline Code, the school’s policy, Chancellor Regulation A-413, and/or the DOE’s Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy (“ISUSP”) will be subject to discipline in accordance with the guidance interventions and disciplinary responses set forth in the Discipline Code.

 

Special Note:

 

PLEASE DO NOT CALL, TEXT, FACETIME, SNAPCHAT, WHAT’S APP, KIK, OR INSTANT MESSAGE

YOUR STUDENT(S) DURING CLASS TIME (8:45 am – 3:05 pm).

 

In case of emergency or if parents/guardians need to contact their student(s), please call the school at 212-567-1394 or text the principal at 917-539-8518 and you will immediately be put on the phone with your student(s).