I want to remind parents and guardians about the expectations around the use of personal devices. We've been seeing evidence of an increase in students using their phones and would like your support of this expectation for fewer distractions during the school day. Additionally, with all of the new wireless headphones (holiday gifts), it's been particularly difficult for some students to follow these rules. I've included the wording from the handbook. Please review and support. Thank you for all that you do for our PAML community. Karen Weeks
USE OF PERSONAL ELECTRONIC DEVICES
(cell phones, digital cameras, game devices, Apple watches, headphones, etc.)
All students are issued an iPad or Chromebook for academic purposes. Personal devices are not to be used in school. Personal devices are a distraction from learning and keep students from interacting with other students face-to-face.
Electronic devices should be turned off and kept out of sight during the school day (7:30am-2:45pm) i.e., locker, backpack, etc.
At 2:45pm students may check their devices for messages from parents/guardians as they are leaving school.
If students need to make a phone call during the school day, they may use the PAML Office phone or use their personal phone in the PAML Office with a written pass.
We ask that parents and family members support this and, if you need to have a message delivered to your student, to call the PAML Office at 888-1401.
Violation of these rules will result in confiscation of the device and the device will be sent to the PAML Office. Devices will need to be picked up in the PAML Office by a parent after a first offense.
Cell phones are used by members of the faculty and staff for work during the course of the school day.
Students are responsible for:
follow the above expectations
communicate with teachers about individual electronic needs and requests (e.g. contacting an absent learning partner, special contact with a parent/guardian)
respond respectfully if asked to turn your electronic devices over to a staff member or teacher
Parents are responsible for:
respect your child’s educational time
call and text students only before or after school or during your child’s lunch period
call the office for any emergency communication
support the school’s electronic device guidelines by encouraging your student to use electronic devices responsibly