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
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
Policy (PSS 241)
Students Policy (PSS 246)
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
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:
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.
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:
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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