This policy governs the CB-VRSB’s intent to support the appropriate use of communications technology devices in all classrooms and schools within its jurisdiction.
To ensure the appropriate use of communications technology devices integration, to ensure a safe and respectful teaching and learning environment, and to protect an individual’s privacy.
The use of communications technology devices (i.e. cell phones, video recording, text messaging, MP3 players, CD players, personal digital assistants) has increased dramatically over the past few years. The use of this technology is very convenient and can bring a sense of security to students and parents. However, if not used wisely, it can be very disruptive in a learning environment.
The CB-VRSB recognizes the importance of communications technology devices to support learning and teaching in our schools. As such, the Board supports the appropriate use of the integration of this technology in the classroom so that students and teachers can pursue the learning outcomes of the Public School Program of Nova Scotia in a healthy and safe learning environment.
Provincial School Code of Conduct and School Code of Conduct Guidelines 2008
School Code of Conduct
Student Copying Policy (PSS 241)
Suspension of Students Policy (PSS 246)
Respectful Working and Learning Environment (HR 309)
Network Access and Use Policy (PSS 255)
The policy has been authorized by the Board under motion number 2011-11-15.
It is the responsibility of the Director of Programs and Student Services to ensure that this policy and administrative procedures are implemented.
This policy will be implemented by each school principal in consultation with the Coordinator of School Services.
The following procedures must be communicated to all school members which includes students, parents/guardians, teachers, principals, staff employed by the school board, other staff engaged to provide services at the school, volunteers, visitors, and any persons who have contact with students and staff in the school setting:
1. Communications technology devices include, but are not limited to, cellular phones, video recording and text messaging equipment, MP3 players, CD players, and personal digital assistants.
2. Access to, and use of, various types of communications technology devices in the school environment are only permitted for instructional purposes, under the supervision, of a teacher or as directed by school administration.
3. An individual using a communications technology device to gather or copy information during a test or exam will be subject to consequences as outlined in the school’s Code of Conduct and Board policies.
4. An individual using a communications technology device to violate the privacy of another person will be subject to disciplinary action as outlined in the school’s Code of Conduct and Board policies. Specifically, technology with photo and video recording capabilities is not permitted, at any time, to be used in locker rooms, change rooms, washrooms or any other area where the privacy of individuals must be protected.
5. The use of communications technology devices for the purpose of cyber-bullying is not permitted at any time.
6. Communications technology devices are not to be used within the school, except where permitted in accordance with procedure 2 above. Before entering the building, all communications technology devices are to be turned off and placed into backpacks, lockers, or out of view and shall not be accessible to students.
7. The first violation will result in the device being taken by a staff member and, in turn, taken to the principal’s office until the end of the day. At the end of the day, the student may retrieve the device and will be reminded of the policy. The second violation will result in the device being taken away, as in the first violation, but a parent/guardian will be required to retrieve the device. Subsequent violations will be addressed through the school’s Code of Conduct.
8. In every case of seizure, the staff member shall retrieve the battery from the communications technology device and returns it to the student. The staff member shall retain the phone as in accordance with procedure 6. At no point will staff member review the content of the communications technology device.
9. A student who has a matter that requires contacting a parent must do so under the supervision and with the permission of a staff member using a landline. Should a parent need to reach a student in the event of an emergency, he/she can call the school and school personnel will attend to the matter.
10. To ensure the appropriate use of communications technology devices by school staff and to support this policy, the following guidelines shall be followed by school staff:
10.1 Communications technology devices are not to be used during the instruction or supervision of students. Before entering the building, all such devices are to be turned off and placed out of view.
10.2 Landlines should be the primary source of communication for staff; however, if landlines are unavailable, communications technology devices may be permitted with the approval of school administration. The aforementioned includes school related emergencies. Upon approval, in accordance with school policy, staff use of communication devices may occur outside of instructional hours and in designated areas out of the view of students.
10.3 Access to, and use of, various types of communications technology devices in the school environment is only permitted by approval of the school administration.
10.4 System administrators and operational staff will set communications technology devices on vibrate for incoming calls and, to initiate calls, system administrators and operational staff will adhere to procedure 7.2.
This policy will be reviewed by the Director of Programs and Student Services within three years from this authorization date.
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