Mobile Phone Policy

Mission and Values

The vision of St Matthews is that we believe that all students can learn at high levels in a Christ-centred, collaborative, inspiring and nurturing learning environment.

We are therefore committed to:

  • a safe, inclusive and professional learning environment, and
  • just and right relationships that recognise and respect the dignity of each individual.

Rationale

Mobile phones are important modern day communication tools, essential in providing a safe and effective school environment.  However, they can easily be improperly used, lost or damaged and must therefore be effectively managed.

Aims

  • To utilise the benefits of mobile phones whilst managing the problems they can potentially cause.

Implementation

  • The school will purchase and maintain a mobile telephone and service contract to satisfy its needs.
  • Teachers in charge of all excursions and trips involving students must ensure the school’s mobile phone or similar appropriate communications devices accompany each trip.
  • Staff using the school mobile phone are required to sign for them in the Borrowing Register.
  • Staff returning the mobile phone are responsible for ensuring that they are recharged.
  • Mobile phones are not to be used for private calls, with the exception that staff are permitted to contact families if an excursion is returning late.
  • Students are not to use the school’s mobile phone without permission directly from the Teacher in Charge.
  • Students in Primary are not to bring personal mobile phones to school unless permission from the principal has been successfully sought by parents who have outlined the health, safety or personal reasons that justify the student being in possession of a mobile phone. In this instance phones should be handed in to the office at the start of the day and collected at the end of the day.
  • The school does not accept responsibility for lost or damaged student mobile phones.
  • Students using personal mobile phones will have them confiscated, delivered to the Assistant Principal, who will place the phone in the school office, and returned at the end of the day. Repeat offenders will not have mobiles returned until a parent comes to collect it.
  • Mobile phones owned by students and staff are brought to school at their own risk