August 1, 2019
As we start the school year, we are paying close attention to creating a safe and welcoming school environment.
The Madison School District allows students to possess cell phones while on school property or while attending school-sponsored related activities on or off school property. At West, unauthorized use of cellphones can cause disruption in the classrooms, so we want to set clear expectations for the use of cell phones in the classroom for the 2019-20 school year.
Student cell phones must remain turned off, out of sight, and not used during instructional times unless permitted by the teacher for instructional purposes. Students may use their cell phone during the designated lunch period, in the hallways between class periods, and before/after school. Students who violate the cell phone usage expectations will be subject to the District’s Behavior Education Plan (BEP).
School staff may also confiscate cell phones when school routines and expectations are not followed. If a student does not follow teacher redirection to silence and store their phone, they will be given a second opportunity to correct the problem as the teacher again redirects and reminds the student of the expectation. If the problem is not corrected, then a Dean or Security Guard will be notified to come and collect the phone. The phone will be locked away in one of the Deans’ offices. Parents will be called to notify them that the phone has been confiscated. The phone will be returned once a face-to-face restorative conversation has happened between the Dean, parent, and student.
We know how important a phone can be to our students, and we want to minimize the consequences of their actions as much as possible. How can you help? This is a good time to talk with your student about digital citizenship and internet safety, and to make sure they understand the new cellphone policy and expectations. We have resources online at mmsd.org/digital-citizens to support these conversations.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out. We’re looking forward to partnering with you to build a strong school climate this year.
Karen Boran, Ed.D.
* Students who possess a device do so at their own risk to possible loss, damage or liability. Madison Metropolitan School District will not be responsible for the recovery of lost or stolen electronic devices.