Advisory – Cell Phones, Headphones and Other Electronics

Cell Phones, Headphones and Other Electronics


(See bottom of document for summary of the policy and consequences are suggested talking points; this was sent out last Friday by Arnoldo via email as well)


  1. Advisory teachers are presenting the theme of the week all week in advisory

  2. On Wednesday or at some point in the week you create an activity or lesson that helps reinforce the theme, supports students’ understanding of the theme, and helps create community and support student voice and critical thinking about the specific theme, and more generally about Culture and Climate issues and expectations at UFSA


1: Circle about Cell Phone  policy and how it supports Eagle Expectations

  • How do you feel about the policy and why?

  • What are the benefits of the policy?

  • What is challenging/hard about the policy?

  • What suggestions do you have and why?

2. Article

  • read attached article, or use hard copy in each of your boxes in main office (Should cellphones be allowed in class – YES and NO viewpoints from educators) and use as reference for circle conversation

  • have students read article and share main points (in whatever way you want), or have students read article, identify main points, and choose a side

3. (Possible) Video Clip

  • Watch video clip (Zac is looking for one to send out to everyone, or look for your own on YouTube)

  • Have discussion about clip (questions from Zac to follow if he finds one)

4. Four Corners Activity

  • Put a poster up in each corner — STRONGLY AGREE, AGREE, DISAGREE, STRONGLY DISAGREE.

  • As you read each statement to them, have them choose a corner, talk with their classmates about why they chose this corner, and then ask one or two people to share out to whole class. Here are some sample statements; feel free to add or modify for your Advisory class…

  1. Allowing students to use cell phones in class/school help students learn.

  2. Cell phone use during the school day contributes to students’ feeling safe and respected

  3. Allowing students to use cell phones during the school day has more negative than positive effects

  4. Students at UFSA know how to use cell phones at school safely and responsibly.

5. Feedback Form (Zac to send out shortly)

  • have students fill out feedback form about cell phone policy that will be addressed by climate team/administration


Week 18 Theme:

Cell phones, (headphones and other electronics) – The policy and how it supports the Eagle expectations

The policy:

– Cellphones cannot be used during the school day except for explicitly instructional purposes at the teacher’s discretion

-Headphones are also not allowed to be used, EXCEPT if plugged into a computer at teacher’s discretion

– 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/headphones 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 (or headphones) 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 bullying 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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