FROM THE PRINCIPAL
This week, the State Government announced a new Student Mobile Phones in Public Schools policy to take effect from the start of Term 1, 2020.
The policy requires all public schools to implement a ban on the use of mobile phones for all students from the time they arrive at school to the end of the school day. This extends to the use of smart watches which need to be on flight mode during this period. The policy aims to reduce distractions in class and improve student engagement.
In the policy, primary students are not permitted to have a mobile phone in their possession. If they bring a mobile phone to school, appropriate storage will be determined by the school. Secondary students are permitted to have their phones in their possession but must turn them off and keep them out of sight. This is a minimum requirement and does not preclude schools from putting in place further restrictions.
Exceptions are allowed for students who have approval from me to use a phone to monitor health conditions or where teachers give students permission to use mobile phones for a specific purpose. If a student needs to contact a parent/carer, they can do so through the school’s administration. Likewise, if a parent/carer needs to get a message to their child, they can call the school.
I will now work with staff to determine how we will implement this policy and then provide further information to you and the school community.
If you have any queries or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact the administration office by telephone on 9345 8200 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org