As of today, March 2nd, each NYC Public School should have it’s own Cell Phone Policy. Here is the policy approved by our School Leadership Team (SLT), which goes into affect immediately. This is really not different that what we have been doing, but does serve to clarify the policy.
CPE II Cell Phone Policy:
Use of cell phones is not allowed at CPE II during school hours. We encourage families to keep cell phones, and all electronics, at home. School phones are available to contact parents as needed. Should a parent need to reach a child, they can do so through the school office.
We do understand that some families feel it is necessary to give their children cell phones to be in contact and check in before and after school. If a cell phone is brought to school, it must be turned off upon arrival at school and stored out of sight for the duration of the school day. If the phone needs to be used at dismissal, it must be with approval and supervision by a CPE II staff member.
Cell phones should not be used on the school bus, except to contact parents about arrival plans. They should not be used to call friends, take photos or access the Internet during the school bus ride.
Cell phones should not be used on school trips, unless approved by and supervised by a staff member.
CPE II is not responsible for loss or theft of cell phones that are brought to school.
If a student violates this policy, the cell phone will be taken away. It will be up to the school staff to determine conditions for the return of the cell phone.