Responsible Use of Personal Digital Devices
Captain Nichola Goddard School has a school-specific digital device policy. Students are expected to keep personal devices stored in their lockers during classes. Use of devices is permitted before school, during nutrition break, lunch and after school.
Personal digital devices are important to students however, irresponsible use of devices can cause disruptions during instructional time. Research has shown cellphones result in students being distracted 20% of the school day – the equivalent of a student missing 36 days of school. To support student learning at Captain Nichola Goddard School, we have developed a policy which takes this research into consideration:
Personal Digital Device Definition
For this policy, a personal digital device is any handheld device that has internet access, texting, music or gaming capabilities.
- Personal digital devices are not to be used for personal communication or entertainment anywhere within the school during class time.
- Personal digital devices are not permitted in the classrooms during instructional time unless direct permission is given by the supervising teacher.
- When specific learning situations support personal digital device use and teacher permission is given, students must remain in the classroom.
- All devices should be locked in lockers during class time, not in back packs, bags, pockets, purses etc.
- Personal digital devices are not permitted as calculators on assessments.
- Only students with a documented IPP accommodation will be permitted to use personal digital devices in class (music, text to speech, word processing, etc) in collaboration with and under the supervision of a classroom teacher or educational assistant.
- Students with accommodations who misuse personal digital devices will lose the opportunity to have them in class.
Students who do not follow these personal device guidelines and repeatedly use their device in an inappropriate manner or at inappropriate times will be addressed through escalating levels of discipline in accordance with the Progressive Discipline Policy of the CBE:
- Request to turn personal digital devices off and put it away in student’s locker.
- Student sent to the office for administration intervention. Teacher contacts parents/guardians to discuss strategies and solutions.
- Contact with parents/guardians by administration.
- Repeated offences will be treated as refusal to comply with the rules of the school and dealt with accordingly.
Parental Contact with Students
Parents/guardians who need to contact their child can contact the office and leave a message. Alternatively, parents & guardians can wait for their child to respond to electronic messages at nutrition and lunch break when they have access to their devices
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Tips for Parents
- Talk with your children about their online activities
- Keep Internet-connected computers in an open area and out of bedrooms
- Model responsible online behaviour at home
- Reinforce the notion that your children should never give out personal information
- Encourage your children to come to you if they receive messages that make them feel uncomfortable or threatened
- Talk with your children about ethical behaviour
- Make sure your children meet the age requirements for any social networking tools they are using (you must be at least 13 years old to use Facebook)