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WRMS Cellphone Policy

Wood River Middle School recognizes the importance of technology in the educational setting. While cell phones and smartphones may serve as a form of technology, they may also pose a significant distraction to the learning environment if used without the direction of the teachers. There is a growing body of evidence that suggests student access to cell phones and other electronic communication devices may be detrimental to student emotional wellbeing and academic growth. Therefore, the use of electronic communication devices and other technology at school is a privilege, not a right.

 Students are prohibited from using electronic communication devices, except as provided within this policy. An electronic device includes, but is not limited to, the following devices used for personal communication and entertainment: cell phone, smartphone, smart watches, video recording device, personal digital assistant (PDA), iPod, iPad, laptop computer, tablet computer or other similar electronic device.

 During instructional time, from the official school start time (8:25 a.m.) to end of the day school dismissal (3:20 p.m.), which includes class periods, passing periods, lunch period, and other specified times as determined by administration, electronic communication devices must be kept powered-off and out-of-sight unless: a. Permission is granted by an administrator, teacher or school staff member; b. Use of the device is provided in a student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 education plan; or c. It is needed in an emergency that threatens the safety of students, staff, or other individuals.

Parents should not expect to communicate directly with their children using their devices during designated school time. Parents who need to communicate with their child in the case of an emergency should call the school office and communicate with school personnel the nature of their emergency who will then communicate as appropriate with the student impacted by the emergency.

Phones and/or electronic communication devices, and accessories (i.e. earbuds, headphones, etc.), should remain concealed and be turned off.

If a student is using his/her PED or phone without permission or during passing periods, it will be confiscated and taken to the office. Only parents will be allowed to pick up confiscated PEDs/phones and they will not be returned to the parent until the end of the day.