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MHMS Edublog Mobile & Digital Device Post 2015

Cell Phone Use at School and BYOD

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  • Jan 10, 2014 - MHMS moving towards BYOD with allowing Cell Phones in schools. ... follow class and school rules as well as all relevant HCPSS policies.

Last year we adopted an “off and away” policy for personal communication devices, meaning that students do not have to keep cell phones in their lockers. While they cannot be used during instructional time or interrupt the instructional program, we do permit students to use their cell phones at certain times of the day. Please review the information below as it relates to the MHMS's cell phone policy:
  • Students must comply with class and school rules and all relevant HCPSS Board Policies.
  • Administration, faculty, and staff may request at any time that students must turn off and put away technology devices. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action and possible revocation of privileges.
  • Individuals assume full responsibility for their non-HCPSS owned technology devices. This includes the device’s safety, security and maintenance.
  • When not in use, all devices must be in “silent & away.”
  • Personal communication devices may not be used in locker rooms or bathrooms at any time.
  • No taking, uploading or sharing photos, recording audio, or capturing video during school or any HCPSS-sanctioned activities.
  • Any disruption to class or other educational activity may result in disciplinary action.

  • Arrival until the first bell rings & home room begins
  • Dismissal
  • At Lunch / Recess
  • During class transitions

  • If students wouldn’t want their teachers, administrators or parents seeing what they are viewing on their cell phones, then it probably is NOT appropriate in school
  • If students do not feel well during the day they should visit the health room. Do not text parents in lieu of reporting to the health room
  • Use of personal communication devices should not cause a disruption to the orderly operation of the school (such as traffic jams in the hallways)
  • Ear buds are not permitted in school
  • Students may not “talk on the phone” during school unless permission is given (texting, emailing is permitted)
  • Music and other audio should not be played
  • Cell phone usage stops as soon as a student enters a classroom
  • Teachers may adjust rules for students, if needed (for example, if students are standing outside of a classroom in order to finish a text or if students are late to class due to cell phone usage)

We want to work together with parents and our community to make sure students understand how to effectively maneuver through the complexity of using technology tools. Please continue to help us communicate the responsible use of technology to our students as we allow them to access their personal communication devices while in school, during non-instructional time.

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Policies and Procedures – HCPSS
  • Howard County Public School System
The Board of Education sets local education policy consistent with state and federal laws governing public education. ... The Howard County Board of Education adopted the new policy and its implementation ... Main Phone: (410) 313-6600
  • Howard County Public School System
Effective: September 7, 2006. HCPSS. 1 of 8. I. Policy Statement ... Purpose. This policy establishes provisions for the approval of certain tests and staff and student .... Operate a cell phone, wireless handheld device, personal digital assistant.
  • Howard County Public School System
The central office directory is available at Maryland Youth ... Call for information concerning the programs, policies and procedures of the ... Photographing, Videotaping or Audiotaping in Schools with Cell or Smart Phones .
Howard County schools relax cellphone policy. Students able to more freely use electronics in schools. UPDATED 7:01 AM EDT Sep 11, 2013 ...
  • Sep 24, 2013 - Howard County Public School Systems (HCPSS) has recently released its restrictions on cell phone usage during the school day in a program ...