Cell Phones

Smart (cell phone) devices are not permitted in classrooms. Cell phones must be left in lockers or at home. On rare occasions, students may be asked to bring a cell phone to class for educational purposes. 

Teachers will confiscate devices used in classes without teacher permission. 

  • First occasion: a student must see an administrator to obtain the cell phone at the end of the day.
  • Subsequent occasions: cell phones are returned to parents. 

Wheels

Bicycles, roller blades, scooters and skateboards must not be used on school property during school hours. 

It is a student’s individual responsibility to ensure that bikes are locked onto racks as a safeguard against theft. Although the school has bike racks located on the school premises, please be informed that the school does not accept responsibility for loss, damage or theft of bicycles.

Roller blades, scooters and skateboards must not be used on school property during school hours.

Secure Storage / Loss of Valuables

It is a student’s individual responsibility to keep their valuables secured. This includes electronic devices and other valuables. Students should not bring toys to school.

Report loss of valuable to the main office. The sooner a lost item report is made, the more likely it will be found, e.g. electronic devices reported during the same period lost are usually found. Waiting means the device is not likely to be located. Limit the types of valuables brought to school to those items that are needed for learning.

Lost and Found

Students are advised to check the school's Lost and Found area for any items that may have been misplaced. Items not claimed by the end of the school year will be donated to local charity.

A Change to our Digital Device Policy

Elboya School opened with a digital device policy in place.  This policy required that students put away their digital devices at the warning bell (morning and afternoon) and that it was only allowed to be taken out with teacher permission.  The exception to this rule was at lunch time when digital device use was allowed.  This policy has been challenging to implement.  The use of digital devices has become a concern due to the difficulty enforcing the policy as it now stands.  Also, we are seriously concerned with the amount of screen time on the well-being of students.  It has also been noted that during class time it is apparent that digital devices are serving more as a distraction to our students rather than effective learning tools.

Many parents have reported concerns about cell phone use and inappropriate use of social media.  Staff raised questions about the effective implementation of the digital device policy across the school.  Staff also noted the distracting influence of cell phone use throughout the school.  A parent raised concerns about use of cell phones at lunch time in the school. Concerns were raised about how cell phones are resulting in a lack of face to face conversation and social interaction.  Parents also expressed concern over the content students’ access on their phones.  Images may be taken of students, which would later appear on social media without the permission of the student.  At the School Council meeting, many parents encouraged us to be more consistent in use of cell phones and encouraged limitations on use.  It is noted that some would like phones to be kept in lockers for the day so that students can still have access to them going to and from school.  Other staff commented on the fact that the use of cell phones could potentially create a disadvantage for those students who do not have a cell phone.

There is much research to suggest that cell phones in the school environment can be detrimental to students.  Studies have stated that more time on electronic communication results in lower psychological well-being in adolescents.  Some studies link a decline in human relationships due to screen time with anxiety and depression.  Other studies have shown that the mere presence of the phone (on a desk or in a pocket) can lower working memory capacity.  Recent surveys by the Screenagers “Away for the Day” initiative found that 82% of parents do not want their child to use their phone during the school day.  Parents are encouraged to visit the following website for further information on the research on phone use at school: https://awayfortheday.squarespace.com/research/. You may recall that “Screenagers”, the movie, was brought to the school thanks to our School Council two years ago.

For these reasons, Elboya School will be implementing a new digital device policy for the 2018-19 school year.  We will borrow the “Screenagers” initiative name from the film our parents brought to the school two years ago and call this our “Away for the Day” policy.  The policy is attached.  We encourage all parents to read this policy and we ask that parents support us in its implementation.  The policy will have an impact on those parents who have expected their child to answer texts and or phone calls during the school day.  All parents will need to understand that messages left on their child’s phone will not be heard until the end of the school day (or at lunch time for grade 7-9 students who choose to leave the school grounds).  Urgent messages will need to be called in to the school office where school personnel will forward these to our students.  We encourage all parents to ensure that after-school plans and early-dismissal pick-ups are well communicated to your child before the school day.

Digital Device Policy – “Away for the Day”

Digital Device Definition

  • A “digital device” is any handheld device (smartphone, iPod, gaming device, etc.) that has internet access, texting, music or gaming capabilities.  Please note that I watches must be in airplane mode.
  • It does not include personal laptops, ipads and tablets brought to school for educational purposes. These learning tools are covered by our digital citizenship policy.

Away for the Day

  • Digital devices are not to be used or visible at any time during the school day. 
  • All digital devices must be placed in the student locker immediately upon entering the building. 
  • At the end of the school day (3:50 M-R, 1:00 F) students are free to use their devices within the school.
  • Grade 7-9 students who choose to leave the school grounds may use their devices while off of school property.  Devices must be put away once on school property and immediately placed in the student locker upon entering the building.

Messages to and from Students

  • Urgent messages from parents should be called in to the main office.  School office personnel will forward these to our students. 
  • We encourage all parents to ensure that after-school plans and early-dismissal pick-ups are well communicated to your child before the school day.
  • Students who need to contact a parent during the day can do so from a phone in the main office.
  • At the end of the school day (3:50 M-R, 1:00 F) students are free to check for messages from their parents and to contact parents on their devices.

Music and Headphones

  • This policy applies to headphones and digital devices used for the playing of music.
  •  Students who have music as an accommodation specifically identified in their Individualized Program Plan will be exempt from this rule (for the playing of music only).  These students will keep their device on airplane mode to negate incoming texts, e-mails and notifications.

Theft and Responsibility

  • The school does not take responsibility for the theft of any digital devices brought to the school.

Special Situations

  • There may be certain learning situations where the use of digital devices is deemed appropriate by staff.  In this case, the use of the device will be under direct teacher supervision. 
  • Students who may need to use the device throughout the school and therefore are not under direct teacher supervision (e.g. for digital photography, filming) will be given a special lanyard for identification.

Digital No Use Zones

  • At absolutely no time (including after school hours) are digital devices to be used in the washroom or change room areas.

Consequences for Inappropriate Use

First Offence

  • The digital device will be sent to the main office where it will be logged and securely held until the ­end of the school day.  The student is allowed to pick up the device at the end of the school day (not at lunch).

Second Offence

  • The digital device will be sent to the main office where it will be logged and securely held until the end of the school day.  The student and/or administration will call a parent before releasing the device to the student at the end of the school day.

Third Offence

  • The digital device will be sent to the main office where it will be logged and securely held until the end of the school day.  A parent will be required to pick up the device from administration.

Further Offences

  • Any further offence will result in increasing disciplinary action due to defiance with regards to CBE and school policies, rules and regulations.



For clarification on other personal items or if you have questions or concerns on any of the above information, please contact us.

Personal Belongings

Cell Phones

Smart (cell phone) devices are not permitted in classrooms. Cell phones must be left in lockers or at home. On rare occasions, students may be asked to bring a cell phone to class for educational purposes. 

Teachers will confiscate devices used in classes without teacher permission. 

  • First occasion: a student must see an administrator to obtain the cell phone at the end of the day.
  • Subsequent occasions: cell phones are returned to parents. 

Wheels

Bicycles, roller blades, scooters and skateboards must not be used on school property during school hours. 

It is a student’s individual responsibility to ensure that bikes are locked onto racks as a safeguard against theft. Although the school has bike racks located on the school premises, please be informed that the school does not accept responsibility for loss, damage or theft of bicycles.

Roller blades, scooters and skateboards must not be used on school property during school hours.

Secure Storage / Loss of Valuables

It is a student’s individual responsibility to keep their valuables secured. This includes electronic devices and other valuables. Students should not bring toys to school.

Report loss of valuable to the main office. The sooner a lost item report is made, the more likely it will be found, e.g. electronic devices reported during the same period lost are usually found. Waiting means the device is not likely to be located. Limit the types of valuables brought to school to those items that are needed for learning.

Lost and Found

Students are advised to check the school's Lost and Found area for any items that may have been misplaced. Items not claimed by the end of the school year will be donated to local charity.

A Change to our Digital Device Policy

Elboya School opened with a digital device policy in place.  This policy required that students put away their digital devices at the warning bell (morning and afternoon) and that it was only allowed to be taken out with teacher permission.  The exception to this rule was at lunch time when digital device use was allowed.  This policy has been challenging to implement.  The use of digital devices has become a concern due to the difficulty enforcing the policy as it now stands.  Also, we are seriously concerned with the amount of screen time on the well-being of students.  It has also been noted that during class time it is apparent that digital devices are serving more as a distraction to our students rather than effective learning tools.

Many parents have reported concerns about cell phone use and inappropriate use of social media.  Staff raised questions about the effective implementation of the digital device policy across the school.  Staff also noted the distracting influence of cell phone use throughout the school.  A parent raised concerns about use of cell phones at lunch time in the school. Concerns were raised about how cell phones are resulting in a lack of face to face conversation and social interaction.  Parents also expressed concern over the content students’ access on their phones.  Images may be taken of students, which would later appear on social media without the permission of the student.  At the School Council meeting, many parents encouraged us to be more consistent in use of cell phones and encouraged limitations on use.  It is noted that some would like phones to be kept in lockers for the day so that students can still have access to them going to and from school.  Other staff commented on the fact that the use of cell phones could potentially create a disadvantage for those students who do not have a cell phone.

There is much research to suggest that cell phones in the school environment can be detrimental to students.  Studies have stated that more time on electronic communication results in lower psychological well-being in adolescents.  Some studies link a decline in human relationships due to screen time with anxiety and depression.  Other studies have shown that the mere presence of the phone (on a desk or in a pocket) can lower working memory capacity.  Recent surveys by the Screenagers “Away for the Day” initiative found that 82% of parents do not want their child to use their phone during the school day.  Parents are encouraged to visit the following website for further information on the research on phone use at school: https://awayfortheday.squarespace.com/research/. You may recall that “Screenagers”, the movie, was brought to the school thanks to our School Council two years ago.

For these reasons, Elboya School will be implementing a new digital device policy for the 2018-19 school year.  We will borrow the “Screenagers” initiative name from the film our parents brought to the school two years ago and call this our “Away for the Day” policy.  The policy is attached.  We encourage all parents to read this policy and we ask that parents support us in its implementation.  The policy will have an impact on those parents who have expected their child to answer texts and or phone calls during the school day.  All parents will need to understand that messages left on their child’s phone will not be heard until the end of the school day (or at lunch time for grade 7-9 students who choose to leave the school grounds).  Urgent messages will need to be called in to the school office where school personnel will forward these to our students.  We encourage all parents to ensure that after-school plans and early-dismissal pick-ups are well communicated to your child before the school day.

Digital Device Policy – “Away for the Day”

Digital Device Definition

  • A “digital device” is any handheld device (smartphone, iPod, gaming device, etc.) that has internet access, texting, music or gaming capabilities.  Please note that I watches must be in airplane mode.
  • It does not include personal laptops, ipads and tablets brought to school for educational purposes. These learning tools are covered by our digital citizenship policy.

Away for the Day

  • Digital devices are not to be used or visible at any time during the school day. 
  • All digital devices must be placed in the student locker immediately upon entering the building. 
  • At the end of the school day (3:50 M-R, 1:00 F) students are free to use their devices within the school.
  • Grade 7-9 students who choose to leave the school grounds may use their devices while off of school property.  Devices must be put away once on school property and immediately placed in the student locker upon entering the building.

Messages to and from Students

  • Urgent messages from parents should be called in to the main office.  School office personnel will forward these to our students. 
  • We encourage all parents to ensure that after-school plans and early-dismissal pick-ups are well communicated to your child before the school day.
  • Students who need to contact a parent during the day can do so from a phone in the main office.
  • At the end of the school day (3:50 M-R, 1:00 F) students are free to check for messages from their parents and to contact parents on their devices.

Music and Headphones

  • This policy applies to headphones and digital devices used for the playing of music.
  •  Students who have music as an accommodation specifically identified in their Individualized Program Plan will be exempt from this rule (for the playing of music only).  These students will keep their device on airplane mode to negate incoming texts, e-mails and notifications.

Theft and Responsibility

  • The school does not take responsibility for the theft of any digital devices brought to the school.

Special Situations

  • There may be certain learning situations where the use of digital devices is deemed appropriate by staff.  In this case, the use of the device will be under direct teacher supervision. 
  • Students who may need to use the device throughout the school and therefore are not under direct teacher supervision (e.g. for digital photography, filming) will be given a special lanyard for identification.

Digital No Use Zones

  • At absolutely no time (including after school hours) are digital devices to be used in the washroom or change room areas.

Consequences for Inappropriate Use

First Offence

  • The digital device will be sent to the main office where it will be logged and securely held until the ­end of the school day.  The student is allowed to pick up the device at the end of the school day (not at lunch).

Second Offence

  • The digital device will be sent to the main office where it will be logged and securely held until the end of the school day.  The student and/or administration will call a parent before releasing the device to the student at the end of the school day.

Third Offence

  • The digital device will be sent to the main office where it will be logged and securely held until the end of the school day.  A parent will be required to pick up the device from administration.

Further Offences

  • Any further offence will result in increasing disciplinary action due to defiance with regards to CBE and school policies, rules and regulations.



For clarification on other personal items or if you have questions or concerns on any of the above information, please contact us.

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