North Island Secondary School – Personal Belongings and Valuables at School
Students may decide to bring valuables to North Island Secondary. The school and School District does not accept any liability for personal belongings and valuables, if these items were to become lost, stolen, or broken. As a result, we discourage students from bringing valuables to school.
Cell Phones iPODS, and Cameras:
Students at North Island Secondary who bring cell phones to school are able to use them before and after school and at lunch. Students are not allowed to use cell phones in classrooms while classes are in session. Each classroom will have a cellphone pocket hanger where students can also leave their phones during class time; however, the school is not responsible for lost, damaged, or stolen cell phones. Therefore, we encourage that students keep cell phones in their backpacks with ringers silenced/turned off during the day. With teacher discretion, teachers can allow devices for educational reasons such as running Kahoot or Quizlet games for learning. In the case of medical or special education needs, cell phones may be used.
Students who do not follow these cell phone rules will have their cell phone taken away for the remainder of the day and kept in the office until the end of the day. Repeated non-compliance will result in a phone call to the parents with the request that the cell phone be left at home. For safety reasons and protection of personal privacy, students are not allowed to take pictures of other students or school staff members with their own cell phone or digital camera while at school.
We will trial this implementation for second semester during the 2019/2020 school year and revisit the proposal in June with parents, students and staff. Some of the reasons staff are wanting to implement this at school:
- Focuses on learning, not gaming or videos
- Reduces time spent sending taunting texts to others
- Improves mental health
- Improves face-to-face communications between teacher-student and student-student
- Increases academic performance as seen in schools who have implemented this
- Very high percentage of staff and parent support