[7-12] Message About Cell Phone Usage

Recently we have had increased discipline issues as a result of cell phone use while at school. The TH Code of Conduct states:

"Students may bring their cell phones and personal electronic devices to school, but they are not permitted to use such electronic devices in a way that is disruptive to the educational process or is in violation of any other part of this Code of Conduct. Students who use their cell phones, or electronic device in a way that is disruptive to the educational process or is in violation of any other part of this Code of Conduct, may be subject to discipline and/or have the device confiscated for the remainder of the school day. If a student has an electronic device removed from their possession, it will be placed in the Main Office where the student or parent, depending on who is authorized to receive it, may pick it up at the end of the day. In emergency situations, exceptions to the prohibitions of the use of cellular phones, pagers, and 2-way communication systems may be granted by teachers and/or administrators. Should the use of personal electronic devices constitute a violation of the law, the school will cooperate with law enforcement officials as appropriate."

I encourage to speak with your child about cell phone use at school. While we welcome cell phones and personal electronic devices, students must be reminded that they are not to be used in a manner that causes disruption to the educational process. If a student is asked by a TH staff member to “put it away,” the student must oblige. Parents are reminded that texting your child during the school day is disruptive and is strongly discouraged. Finally, cell phone use is a privilege. It is not a right and can be taken away. If a students phone is taken away, the student will be asked to either give the phone to the TH staff member or take it to the office. Phones will be returned at the end of the day or in some cases, parents will be asked to pick up the phone.

Thank you for your understanding. Our goal is to provide a safe environment in which all of our students can learn!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Marlene Anderson-Butler, MS-CAS
Assistant Principal
Taconic Hills Jr/Sr High School