The use of mobile phones and communication related technology to individuals is part of our everyday life. This widespread ownership of mobile phones and communication related technology among young people requires that school administrators, teachers, students and parents take steps to ensure they are used responsibly. Whilst Balga Senior High School recognize that there are times when it is genuinely appropriate and useful for students to have access to a mobile phone, we have developed a learning culture which promotes on-task concentration and focus.
This policy is designed to ensure that potential issues are clearly understood and conflicts avoided, enabling the benefits of these devices to be enjoyed by all students.
During school hours all mobile phones, ear pieces and other communication related devices are to be OFF AND OUT OF SIGHT unless permitted by the classroom teacher for a specific purpose so as not to be disruptive to learning.
Before and After School
- Mobile phones and communication related technology MAY be used before and after school, however, all devices must be turned off at 8.40am and may be turned on at 3.00pm.
At Recess and Lunch times
- Students may use Mobile Phones and Communication Related Technology to listen to music.
- Mobile phones must not be visible and should be kept in the student’s bag. Mobile phones must be switched OFF during class time.
- Teachers may direct or permit students to use their mobile phone and other technology in their lessons. Other acceptable uses of mobile phones in class may include photographing a science experiment, taking a screen shot of the whiteboard etc.
- Students must seek teacher permission to use mobile phones or communication related technology for a specific purpose during lessons.
Consequences for breach of conduct:
- If students use their mobile phone during class time, then staff will ask the students to put the mobile phone away.
- If students do not obey the instruction, or access the mobile phone a second time during the same lesson, then an Incident Report Form must be completed, the student sent to the Pastoral Care Office for redirection to reflection where the usual behaviour management processes will apply.
- If the behaviour continues in subsequent lessons, an Incident Report Form must be completed and the student sent to the Pastoral Care Office and referred to Student Services. Multiple breaches in a single day represents a direct breach of behavioural responsibility. Parents will be contacted and the student will be placed on an Individual Behaviour Plan (IBP).
- A penalty of one day’s mobile phone confiscation will then apply.
- If students choose not to resolve these issues in a positive manner with regard to safety, responsibility, respect and learning normal behaviour processes consequences will apply.
- Young Parents who need to be contacted will be notified directly from the Pastoral Care Office/Team Leader/Teen Family Centre.
- If exceptional circumstances apply, students will require a note from their parents and all staff will be notified by the Student Services Team.
Students must display courtesy, consideration and respect for others whenever they are using a mobile phone or other electronic device and mobile electronic devices may not be used to take photographs or videos of staff or other students.
It should be noted that it is a criminal offence to use a mobile phone to menace, harass or offend another person. As such the school may consider it appropriate to involve the police.
Balga Senior High school accepts no responsibility for lost, stolen or damaged devices.