New Cell Phone Policy
Mayor Bill DiBlasio and Schools’ Chancellor Carmen Farina have announced that they will lift the ban on cell phones at schools, a policy affecting 1.1 million students. The change will better enable parents to stay in touch with their children, especially before and after school. In consultation with SLT and PTA, we have developed the following Cell Phone Policy for P.S. 007K which will be effective as of March 2, 2015:
1. During the school day (from the time a student arrives in school, until the end of the school day) the cell phone must be turned off and cannot be visible and must remain in their school bags.
2. While students are riding DOE buses the Electronic Device Policy is in effect just as if the student was in a classroom during the school day.
3. Cell phones and portable music and entertainment systems may not be turned on or used during the administration of any school quiz, test or examination.
4. Computing devices may not be turned on or used during the administration of any school quiz, test or examination, except where such use has been explicitly authorized by the school or is contained in an Individualized Education Program or Section 504 Accommodation Plan.
5. Cell phones, computing devices, and portable music and entertainment systems may not be turned on or used during school fire drills or other emergency preparedness exercises.
6. Cell phones, computing devices, and portable music and entertainment systems may not be used in lunch room, hallways or bathrooms.
7. Students who use cell phones, computing devices, and/or other portable music and entertainment systems in violation of any provision of the DOE’s Discipline Code, the school’s policy, Chancellor’s regulation A-413, and /or the DOE’s Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy (“IAUSP”) will be subject to discipline in accordance with the guidance interventions and disciplinary responses set for in the Discipline Code.