Cellphone use at Waiheke High School

Most students have cell phones and they are welcome to bring these to school. However cell phones are to be switched off and in students’ bags before coming into classes.

Cell phones are not to be used as calculators or as research devices. Where appropriate, a teacher may ask students to take out their cell phones to participate in a class activity.

When students are incorrectly using cell phones, the teacher should first ask them to switch them off and place them in their bags. If the same student is caught on their cell phone again, the teacher could ask the student for the cell phone and place it on the teacher’s desk for the remainder of the class. On a further occasion, the teacher may take the phone and ask the student to collect the phone at the end of the day from the front office. It is important that teachers deal with cell phone misuse at the lowest levels first.

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