Mobile Phones/Electronic Games Policy
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St. John of God Primary School, The Faythe, Wexford, Y35 YT38, Ireland. ~ 053-9123105. H.S.C.L. 087-9657964
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Sunday, 22nd September 2019

Mobile Phones/Electronic Games Policy

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Introductory Statement

This policy was drawn up in response to technological advances which have seen a significant increase in hand held electronic ‘gadgets’ amongst the school population over recent years.



Rationale

  •     I Pods, mobile phones, Game Boys, PSP’s, MP3’s etc. are intrusive and distracting in a school environment.
  •     Some electronic devices may be harmful due to frequent use
  •     Mobile phones may be used to conduct bullying campaigns

 


Relationship to School Ethos

The use of mobile phones and other electronic games contravenes the provision of a safe and secure school environment conducive to learning, a provision which is central to the mission statement and ethos of St. John of God School.



Aims to lessen intrusions on and distractions to children’s learning.

Internal School Procedures

The following are the guidelines for mobile phone / electronic games usage in the school:

  • Children are not allowed the use of mobile phones / electronic games during school hours. Children who need to contact home during school hours may do so through the   school secretary using the school landline phone. 
  • Any pupil who uses a mobile phone or electronic game in school risks having it confiscated and not returned until the school day is over.
  • Staff members have access to the school landline if urgent calls need to be made to parents.
  • Classroom supervision is usually organized if a class teacher has to contact other professionals or outside agencies in relation to a particular child.
  • Staff personal calls are normally confined to break times.
  • The Staff are permitted mobile phones in case of emergency.
  • Staff are permitted to use their own ‘smart phones’ to take photos of school work and / or recording behaviours in ‘Class Dojo.



Roles and Responsibilities

All staff members are responsible for the co-ordination and implementation of this policy.



Evaluation

This policy is monitored on an ongoing basis and amendments added as new technology comes on stream.



Implementation


This policy has been in place since 2002.

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