Mobile Phone Policy


Nagle Community College

 Mobile Phone Policy.

INTRODUCTION

This policy was drawn up in response to circular 0038/2018 from the DES which requests schools to consult with all stakeholders in education regarding the use of smart phones, tablets and video recording devices. It was drawn up in response to technological advances that have led to a significant increase in mobile phones amongst the student population.

RATIONALE

This policy was devised with a view to recognising the importance of striking a balance between the benefits of having a mobile phone in school and some negative effects of unsupervised, inappropriate use of the device. There is considerable and growing evidence that mobile phone usage in school can seriously disrupt the learning environment and may constitute a threat to personal safety and individual privacy. It is also recognised that parents may wish for their children to be in possession of a phone for security and safety reasons on the commute to and from school. Parents may also appreciate the reassurance that they can contact their child quickly when necessary. Nagle Community College has taken these issues into consideration in devising its mobile phone rules. The policy has been drawn up in conjunction with the College’s Code of Behaviour, its Anti-bullying policy, Risk Assessment for Child Protection and its Wellbeing policy.

SCOPE

The mobile phone policy applies to all students in the school. It also applies to students on school excursions and on extra-curricular activities unless particular exceptions are made.

CONSULTATION

This policy was drawn up in consultation with students, parents/guardians, school management and the school’s Board of Management.

RESPONSIBILITY

  • It is the responsibility of the students to adhere to the school’s mobile phone rules.
  • It is the responsibility of teachers and school management to implement the school’s mobile phone rules.
  • It is the responsibility of parents/guardians to support the implementation of the school’s policy as best they can by encouraging their child to adhere to the mobile phone rules.
  • It is the responsibility of the Board of Management to approve the policy.

To ensure that the policy is evaluated and reviewed regularly.

To consider reports from the Principal on the implementation of the policy.

 

MOBILE PHONE RULES

  • Mobile phones and earphones are not allowed for use in school for Junior Cycle students.
  • Senior Cycle students may only use phones before and after school and on break times.

This means before 8.50 am, after 3.40 pm and between 10.50 -11.00 am and 1.00-1.40 pm.

  • Senior students may not use their phones in school at any other time, before, during or after class.
  • Mobile phones which are found in the school and whose owner cannot be located should be handed in to the school office.
  • The school accepts no responsibility for the loss of phones that are either lost, stolen or damaged on the school premises or on school sponsored functions.
  • The school accepts no responsibility for phones that are lost, stolen or damaged while travelling to and from school.

 

 

SANCTIONS FOR INAPPROPRIATE USE OF MOBILE PHONES.

 

  • Any student whose phone is seen by a staff member at an inappropriate time is liable to have the item confiscated. This is the case whether or not the devise is being used or whether it is switched on or not.
  • The item will only be returned to a parent/guardian on the following school day.
  • Parents/guardians will be contacted should a student fail to relinquish a phone discovered on the student at an inappropriate time.
  • Likewise should a student persist to breach the rules as laid out in this policy, parents/guardians will be contacted.

The Board of Management and School Management are not responsible for the manner in which the students use their phones or the content they access during the times that they are allowed to use their phones on the school premises.

SUCCESS CRITERIA

That the inappropriate use of mobile phones by students in school will cease or be significantly reduced.

MONITORING PROCEDURE

The Principal will monitor the implementation of the policy

REVIEW

This policy will be reviewed on a regular basis.

Ratified on the 5th of February 2019 by Nagle Community College Board of Management after consultation with Parents, Staff, & Students.