We encourage parents to speak with their son/daughter about the proper use of cell phones and other electronic forms of communication. Too often teachers are wasting valuable class time attempting to control cell phone use in class. Cell phones are confiscated on a daily basis. Instead of banning them altogether, we would prefer to treat students like the young adults that they are, and set reasonable limitations as to where and when cell phones can be used properly. When confronted in class students often comment, “my mother/father was texting me, and I was simply responding.” Although we recognize this as a convenient excuse, we are equally surprised at the amount of communication between school and home via cell phone during school hours. Please be cognizant that students do not wait until lunch time, or other acceptable times during the day, to respond. They are often responding during class, which can lead to class disruptions and disciplinary action. Please call the main office if you must relay important information to your son/daughter during school hours. We appreciate your help with this matter.
It is important to note, that some students view the recording of students and staff without their permissions as a seemingly innocuous act. Recording and taking pictures of students and staff without prior consent is a serious offense that will lead to disciplinary action. In addition, posting the content on the Internet could lead to police involvement. Lastly, students often communicate using the application Snapchat. This application allows students to send pictures and/or videos to each other, and the sender can limit how long the content is viewable by the receiver. The notion that the image or video can be “deleted” provides a false sense of security. Some students tend to be more brazen with content produced and sent with the false notion that the image will vanish. Again, I would encourage all parents to talk with their children about the proper use of technology.
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