Dear BEES Students, Parents and Guardians:
As you may be aware, the mayor has changed the official policy on cell phones in schools. As part of this new policy the DOE is directing schools to set forth their own policy as to when and where cell phones and other personal electronic devices may be used throughout the school day.
After consultation with the BEES PTA, School Leadership Team, and teachers, we have agreed on the policy outlined below. All key stakeholders agreed that, given our school’s access to portable technology, the introduction of cell phones in classrooms, etc. was not necessary. This new policy is very similar to our current policy, with only minor adjustments.
To take effect on March 2, 2015:
• Phones should not be seen or heard in school. This includes timers, alarms, music, games and any other noises. If a student’s device is seen or heard they will be asked to turn it off and put it away.
o If the student takes the phone out again or refuses to put it away BEES staff will confiscate the phone until 3:00 or 6:00 pm dismissal.
o If the student takes the phone out again or refuses to relinquish the phone, BEES staff will confiscate the phone and the phone will only be returned to a parent.
If a device is confiscated at this level, the school will return the device to a parent or guardian at an in person meeting with the principal.
• Use of electronic devices outside of school on the immediate perimeter will be allowed with the exception of crossing streets due to safety reasons.
• Field trip use will be based on chaperone / administration discretion
• BEES and the DOE are not responsible for lost or damaged electronic devices.
o You bring these items to school at your own risk.
• Students will not be permitted to use electronic devices during lunch, recess, or the SONYC After School Program.
• Electronic devices may not be turned on or used during fire drills or other emergency preparedness exercises.
• Use of an electronic device during an exam or other assessment, even just to check the time, is considered academic dishonesty.
• Electronic devices may not be used in bathrooms.
As always, we remind students that these devices often invite the attention of individuals with the desire to steal them when displayed in public places to and from school. Students must be aware of their surroundings and keep these devices in their pockets or bags.
Craig Garber – Principal