The following letter was sent home to Draper Middle School parents in September regarding school policy on cellphone use during school hours.
September 22, 2016
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Technology has made our world fast-paced, connected and exhilarating. On the other hand, it can also be a distraction for students in the classroom. Therefore, at the middle school level, we would like to provide a balance of these two things as we strive to have our students engaged and present for classroom activities. In order to provide safety and security for your child, many of you have allowed your child to carry a cellphone to school. At Draper Middle School, students are required to have their cellphones and other electronic devices in their lockers by the first homeroom bell at 7:32 a.m. Students may access their phones after their day ends — either at 2:10 p.m., 3:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m. In the meantime, we have a student telephone in the main office, and there are classroom telephones that teachers may allow students to call out from, with permission, if your child needs to call home. If you need to contact your child during the school day, you may contact (518) 356-8350, and our main office staff will certainly give your student a message or have him/her come to the phone for a family emergency.
During the middle school years, it is very important that we provide your student with an education that is engaging, rigorous and relevant. Technology is naturally engaging, while at the same time enticing for students. In the classroom, there is an appropriate time for cellphone use, and that time will be structured by the classroom teacher. When there is a class that your child’s teacher may want them to use their cellphones, the teacher will notify the main office in advance, and your student will be allowed to get his/her cell phone before going to that class. We want students to be able to access technology as a learning tool! On that note, also be aware that our goal as a district is to make computers accessible in the classroom, and, therefore, your student will be in classrooms with increased access to Chromebooks this year.
If it is necessary for an adult to confiscate your child’s cellphone because it was not stored in her/his locker, then it will remain in the main office until the end of the day. The second time it is confiscated, we will call you to pick the cellphone up from school. If it happens a third time, your child will receive a disciplinary consequence for failing to follow school rules.
Thank you in advance for partnering with our school in order to provide a safe and productive learning environment for our students. Please contact me with your questions or concerns at (518) 356-8350 or email@example.com.
Draper Middle School Principal