Electronic Device Policy

Introductory Statement:

This policy was drawn up in response to technological advances which have seen a significant increase in hand held electronic ‘gadgets’ amongst the school population over recent years.

Rationale:

  • IPods, mobile phones, Game Boys, PSP’s, MP3’s etc. are intrusive and distracting in a school environment
  • Strategies must be put in place to reduce the intrusiveness of unauthorised technology in a school situation 
  • Some electronic devices may be harmful due to frequent use
  • Mobile phones may be used to conduct bullying campaigns

Relationship to School Ethos:

The use of mobile phones and other electronic games contravenes the provision of a safe and secure school environment and is not conducive to learning - a provision which is central to the mission statement and ethos of St. Mary’s National School.

Internal School Procedures:

The following are the school rules for mobile phone/electronic games usage in the school:

  • Pupils are not allowed to bring mobile phone or electronic games/gadgets into school.
  • Pupils who need to contact home during school hours may do so through the school secretary using the school landline phone
  • All mobile phones and electronic games/gadgets are banned on the school premises even during after school activities
  • If any pupil brings a mobile phone or electronic game/gadget to school it will be confiscated for 5 school days.

Roles and Responsibilities:

All staff members share in the co-ordination and implementation of this policy.

Evaluation:

This policy will be monitored on an ongoing basis and amendments added as new technology comes on stream.

Implementation:

This policy was ratified by Board of Management on 1st December 2014