Mobile Phone Policy
Students are allowed to have mobile phones at school provided they conform to the acceptable usage guidelines which are as follows:
- At no time during class are students to have mobile phones visible.
- Mobile phones must be switched off during class time (silent is not acceptable).
- Students must not be using their phones as clocks, mp3 players, cameras, calculators, recording etc during class times. These are not legitimate excuses.
- Students are solely responsible for the security of their phone and accept the risk associated with them being stolen.
- Phones are not to be used to harass or threaten other students at any time (sms, calls, email).
- Phones must not be used to hamper staff in the course of their duties at any time (sms, calls, email).
- Phones must not contain offensive material (ring tones, pictures, videos etc)
- Students are not to film or photograph other students or teachers without permission - this includes filming fights or other disruptions.
The consequences for any student found recording, distributing or uploading inappropriate images or videos of students, parents or staff on school premises is SUSPENSION.
If a student is found to be using their mobile phone contrary to the above, their phone is to be confiscated and deposited at student services. NO EXCEPTIONS.
- First Offence
Student services will keep the phone and issue the student with a letter explaining the school's policy. This letter is to be taken home and signed by their parent(s). Only after the signed letter is returned will the phone be returned - usually the next school day.
- Second Offence
Student services will keep the phone and issue the student with a letter explaining the school's policy and notifying the parent that they must attend the school in person to collect the phone - it will not be returned to the student under any circumstances.
- Subsequent Offence(s)
As per second offence but further disciplinary action will be considered and enacted.
NOTE: To film people and their activities without their knowledge and/or permission is an invasion of privacy and therefore not allowed.