Personal Belongings

Care of Personal Property

The school is not responsible for the loss or damage of personal property. Students are advised to leave items of value at home and not share their locker combinations. 

Lost & Found

Due to Covid-19, we have tried to limit the amount of Lost & Found in the school. We have one bin in centre court and items of value (jewelry, phones, money) is being turned in to the main office.

Personal Electronic Devices

Our school follows the CBE Digital Citizenship plan and  Acceptable Use Policy that addresses the appropriate use of electronic devices at school.  

Here are specific guidelines for Technology use at Tom Baines School, adjusted to reflect our reality for in-school students during the Covid-19 Pandemic.  While technology can play an important role in education, there is such a thing as “too much technology.”  This pandemic has escalated a problem in society that was already becoming a growing concern: technology overload.  We have been isolated in our homes for many months, we have relied (more than ever) on technology to do our work, game, look at social media and chat with friends.  All of this can come at a cost to our mental health and physical well- being.  We need to connect face to face.  We need to socialize in person.  In choosing to be at school, you have chosen a face-to-face environment with health measures in place.  And so, we are setting guidelines around use of technology. 

Your technology must remain in your backpack until directed by a teacher.  Your teacher will let you know how they want you to use technology in their class.  They may want it on your desk, logged in, but put to sleep; they may want you to bring it out after instruction; they may want you to keep it in your backpack for the entire class.  Some teachers may allow phones in class; some may only allow tablets or laptops.  Please become familiar with your individual teacher’s stance on the management of technology.

 Should you wish to listen to music in class, double check that this is all right with your teacher.  From there, please follow the “one bud only” rule.  No headphones or earbuds in the hallway.

 Please refrain from doing the following:

·         Check technology between classes.  Do not walk down the hallway looking at technology.

·         Accept calls even if is your parent.  Parents know they must call the office to talk to you.  The same goes for texts or any form of instant message.

·         Do not use technology during your designated ‘eating time’—this is when you are in the school.  There is to be no technology on your desk during the ‘eating’ portion of lunch.  There are to be no headphones in your ears.  When you go outside at lunch, you may bring a phone with you (no other technology).  If the weather is bad and we cannot go outside, you will have designated ‘eating time’ and what was typically ‘outdoor time’ can become tech time.  A teacher will let you know when to switch over from eating to technology. 

·         Hover over other students to see their screen (maintain distance).  Do not get out of your desk to look at what   others are doing on their screens.  Do not touch the tech devices of others.

·         Do not send or receive texts during school time.

·         Do not take pictures or videos without permission.

·         Do not violate copyright laws.

·         Do not look at any form of social media while at school.

·         Do not allow others to use your account; do not give others your password.

Do not waste system technology or CBE Wi-Fi on non-teacher approved activities such as: playing games, Participating in non-teacher directed ‘chat’, downloading software.

Manipulating the system, disregarding the rules, arguing with a staff member about use of technology, dishonesty, and any form of bullying, harassment, discrimination or racism will not be permitted or toleratedUse of technology is a privilege, not a right.  Misusing your privilege may lead to any or all of the following:

·         Not using technology for a class, a day, a week.  If longer than a week, a parent meeting will take place

·         Parent contact

·         Restrictions on the use of specific technology or all technology

·         Progressive discipline (misuse will be tracked)

·         Suspension, expulsion, police involvement

We thank all of you who use technology responsibly and respectfully.  We hope that setting up these boundaries will help you all to find balance as you focus on your well-being during these extraordinary times.

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