Cell Phone Policy
POLICY FOR ALL ELECTRONIC DEVICES
Cell phones and other electronic devices are permitted for learning purposes under the direct supervision of the classroom teacher. Students may use devices for calculation, research, dictionaries and spell check, or for special applications relating to our digital curriculum. These are all considered appropriate uses of technology and are encouraged within the classroom setting.
Inappropriate use of cell phones and devices is prohibited on our campus. Ringing cell phones are disruptive during class time. Camera phones and text messaging are used to cheat on quizzes and tests. Phones are stolen, loaned to other students, may be lost or broken and have exacerbated crisis situations. The inappropriate use of cell phones at school is detrimental to the academic climate because it takes valuable time away from instruction and creates disciplinary problems. Therefore, when phones and devices are used inappropriately, they will be confiscated and parents will be contacted. Devices will be returned to the parents.
Due to the enormous time spent on stolen cell phones, the school will NOT investigate stolen cell phones. Their security is the sole responsibility of the student.
Students may not use their cell phones to make phone calls on campus at any point during the school day. In turn, we ask parents who need to speak to their children during the day to contact them through our office. Students always have access to our phones to contact family members.
We realize that having to pick up a student's phone may be inconvenient and therefore we recommend you discuss this policy with your student in order to avoid this problem. Confiscated phones will be labeled with the student's name and kept in the main office until the parent takes possession.
RICHARD MERKIN MIDDLE SCHOOL IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST, STOLEN OR BROKEN CELL PHONES OR ELECTRONIC DEVICES. THE SCHOOL WILL NOT PAY FOR PHONES THAT ARE LOST, STOLEN OR MISPLACED BY STAFF MEMBERS AFTER CONFISCATION. STUDENTS MUST TAKE OWNERSHIP AND RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR OWN ELECTRONIC DEVICES IF THEY CHOOSE TO BRING THEM TO SCHOOL.