Advisory – Cell Phone Policy

Theme of the Week that should be addressed in advisory each week.

We will be providing ideas for circles,lesson plans that can be utilized and talking points that can be addressed. You are also welcome to address the theme in your own unique way as well.

The first three weeks will focus on the “refresh” that was rolled out this week around UFSA policies. The goal is to provide more details about the policies, why we have them, and to provide a place for students to ask questions and express concern and ideas.

After the first three weeks the theme will broaden to address issues facing our community such as healthy relationships, bullying and student voice.


Week 18 Theme:

Cell phones – The policy and how it supports the Eagle expectations

We will be sending out more specific lesson plan ideas and circle topics on Tuesday to be used Wed-Fri at your choosing. Below are some talking points that can be addressed Monday or Tuesday, please feel free to add your own as you engage with your advisory.

The policy

– Cell-phones cannot be used during the school day

– if students need to call a parent/guardian, they can use the main office phone.

– in emergency, parents should contact the office

Students can use their cell phones before school or after school, but they must place their call OFF school premises.

If your student needs to place an important call during the school day, they may use the phone in the main office during a break or ask permission from a teacher before they are allowed to make the call. 

What happens if a student has her/his cell-phone out:

1st Offense:  The device will be taken by an administrator/school staff and locked up* until the end of the school day.

2nd Offense:  The device will be taken and locked up* until a parent/guardian can come and get the device.

3rd Offense: The principal will keep the device for 6-weeks or until the end of the marking period (whichever is longer).

+ 4th Offense:  The student will have their electronics device taken and may face more serious consequences such as Saturday school with a parent, suspension, or expulsion.

*UFSA will make every attempt to secure the electronic device that is taken by the administration and locking it up. However, the school is not responsible for any theft of the item if the school made attempts to protect the student’s property. The best practice is to leave the electronic device at home to ensure its safety and minimize the event of it getting lost.

Here are some suggested talking points:

Be Safe:

– we want to provide a safe place for all students, in virtual and real space.

– phones can lead to bulling and other unsafe behavior

– keeping phones away reduces risk of theft and will help keep your property safe

Be Responsible

– Using technology responsibly is a skill that will help you succeed in college and the work place

Be Respectful

– Using or having your cell-phone out will distract you and others from learning.

– A respectful student helps to minimize distractions

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