Mobile Phone Letter

Posted at 4:45 pm on 17th January, 2020

Mobile Phone Letter

Dear Parents/Carers,

We have had a great start back after the Christmas break and students are all working hard in lessons and focused on their learning.  We all want our students to be learning in school and free from distraction and we also recognise that you want your child to be and feel safe on their way to and from school.  However, use of mobile devices and earphones in school has crept back in after the holidays and I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the mobile phone policy which states:

Mobile devices should be switched off and kept out of sight at all times of the school day. Students should turn their mobile device off before entering the building and they will only be permitted to use them once they leave the school site.

The entire mobile phone policy is printed on the back of this letter for your reference and you have also signed a copy agreeing to support this policy when your child joined St. Edmund Arrowsmith’s.  Therefore, from Monday 27th January 2020, all students are expected to uphold this policy and we will be reminding them via form and assemblies. 

We are always here to support your son or daughter that is why the policy says:

If a child needs to use a mobile device, they must only do so when supervised by a member of staff. Should a student need to contact home they can do so by speaking with a member of staff who will supervise them contacting home. The school insists that the student use the school phone to contact home. Should a parent/carer need to contact your son/daughter you should contact the main office on 0151 477 8770.

Thank you in advance for your support.  If you have any queries, please direct them via your child’s form tutor in the first instance.

 

Mobile Devices: Acceptable Use Policy

It is the responsibility of students who bring mobile devices to school to abide by the guidelines outlined in this document.

Mobile devices should be switched off and kept out of sight at all times of the school day. Students should turn their mobile device off before entering the building and they will only be permitted to use them once they leave the school site.

If a child needs to use a mobile device they must only do so when supervised by a member of staff. Should a student need to contact home they can do so by speaking with a member of staff who will supervise them contacting home. The school insists that the student use the school phone to contact home.

Should a parent/carer need to contact your son/daughter you should contact the main office on 0151 4778770.

“Mobile devices” includes mobile phones, tablets, smart watches and ear phones. The list of mobile devices is not exhaustive and the school reserves the right to confiscate items that are deemed to be inappropriate.

Students are not permitted to listen to music through mobile devices during the day and headphones are not to be worn without authority from a member of staff.

Under no circumstances should mobile devices be out of bags in changing rooms.

Students who infringe the rules set out above will have their mobile device confiscated. A student must hand over the device to a member of staff on request. The mobile device will be stored in the main office until a parent/carer can collect the device. The school will only return the phone to a parent/carer if they are able to provide a form of identification that matches the schools database of contacts.

If the student refuses to give the device to the teacher, this will be deemed to be an act of defiance and as such the student will be sanctioned in line with the school’s behaviour policy.

Parents will be notified and asked to collect the mobile phone from the school office. The incident will be recorded on the school’s behaviour recording system.

Any repeated infringements of the mobile device code of conduct may result in a ban on bringing a mobile device to school for the student. When a student refuses to hand over the mobile device they will face the range of sanctions as previously stated, however in addition they will be required to hand the device in to their Head of Year on arrival at school each day for 5 consecutive days. Students can collect the device themselves at the end of the day, but face a 5 day personal device ban whilst in the building.

If students have been found to use a device to contact home without following the above guidelines, they too will be sanctioned in line with the behaviour policy and as outlined above.

The school will not accept responsibility for any loss, damage or costs incurred due to mobile devices being used or confiscated.