Mobile Phone Permissions
Please read the information below and complete the form at the bottom of the page or download a copy, sign the form and return it to school.
At the start of term we will give the Year 5 and 6 children a few days to get this in place.
PUPIL MOBILE PHONES AT FAIRLIGHT PRIMARY AND NURSERY SCHOOL
AIMS AND PURPOSES
Parents should discourage pupils from bringing mobile phones to school on the grounds that they are valuable and may be lost or stolen.
However, we recognize that in Years 5 and 6 mobile phones may have a part to play in securing pupils’ personal safety before and after school and on journeys to and from school. Moreover, a ban would be difficult to enforce and would not be consistent with the aim of developing a culture of responsible use of mobile phone and other digital devices by pupils. Our expectation is that in all other year groups pupils will be collected by an adult or responsible person and therefore do not need to bring mobile phones into school. If a pupil needs to contact his/her parents/guardians they will be allowed to use a school phone. If parents need to contact children urgently they should phone the school office and a message will be relayed promptly.
Under no circumstances will pupils be allowed to take mobile phones on school excursions.
To consent that your child is able to bring their mobile phone to school and to ensure you are both aware that they are bringing it to school and that you have read the enclosed information you will be required to sign and copy of this information (page 3) and return it to school.
A copy of the form can also be completed on the school website
Where a pupil does bring a mobile phone to school, the phone must remain switched off during the school day and may not be used for any purpose on school premises or during off-site school activities (such as swimming or sports).
The phone should be given to the classteacher at the start of the day and will be collected at the end of the day. Under no circumstances should there be access to phones during the school day or be left in pupils’ bags, coats or trays.
Parents of Year 5 and 6 pupils will need to sign this information and hand this to the School Office/ Classteacher. With consideration to this, it is to be made clear to parents that where they have been given permission for their child to bring a mobile phone to school they do so entirely at their own risk. The school accepts no responsibility for any loss or damage whilst the device is on school premises.
Inappropriate use of a mobile phone
If a pupil is found taking photographs or video footage within school with a mobile phone of either pupils or teachers, this will be regarded as a serious offence. If images of other pupils or teachers have been taken the phone will not be returned to the pupil until the images have been deleted. The parent/guardian will be contacted by a member of the SMT. If this is not possible, then a letter will be sent notifying them of the seriousness of this action. In the rare circumstance that there is evidence of harassment and/or bullying, the phone or digital device should be confiscated, retained in a secure place by an appropriate member of staff, taking care not to delete any images or recordings which could be used as evidence.
Pupils who infringe this agreement may not be allowed to bring their mobile phone into school.
On the first infringement the mobile phone would be confiscated and taken to a secure place within the school office. The student will be able to collect the mobile phone at the end of the school day and a record will be made of the incident. A letter will also be sent to the parent/carer to inform them of the incident.
On the second infringement the mobile phone would be confiscated and taken to a secure place within the school office. Parents will be notified and the pupil will not be permitted to collect the phone without a parent/carer’s consent. If a parent/carer is unable to attend the school they are permitted to phone and give verbal consent for their child to collect the phone and must speak to a member of the SMT. The incident will be recorded.
On the third infringement the mobile phone would be confiscated and taken to a secure place within the school office. Parents will be notified and the pupil will not be permitted to collect the phone without a parent/carer present. After the third infringement the school will withdraw the agreement to allow the student to bring the mobile telephone to school.
I hope that clarifies matters. If you have any further questions then please do not hesitate to contact me.
Mr. Damien Jordan