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To explain to our school community the Department’s and Western English Language School’s policy requirements and expectations relating to students using mobile phones and other personal mobile devices during school hours.
This policy applies to:
A mobile phone is a telephone with access to a cellular (telecommunication) system, with or without a physical connection to a network. For the purpose of this policy, “mobile phone” refers to mobile phones and any device that may connect to or have a similar functionality to a mobile phone such as smart watches.
Western English Language School understands that students may bring a personal mobile phone to school, particularly if they are travelling independently to and from school.
At Western English Language School:
In accordance with the Department’s Mobile Phones — Student Use Policy issued by the Minister for Education, personal mobile phones must not be used at Western English Language School during school hours, including lunchtime and recess, unless an exception has been granted.
Where a student has been granted an exception, the student must use their mobile phone for the purpose for which the exception was granted, and in a safe, ethical and responsible manner.
Mobile phones owned by students at Western English Language School are considered valuable items and are brought to school at the owner’s (student’s or parent/carer’s) risk. Students are encouraged not to bring a mobile phone to school unless there is a compelling reason to do so.
Please note that Western English Language School does not have accident insurance for accidental property damage or theft. Students and their parents/carers are encouraged to obtain appropriate insurance for valuable items. Refer to the Department’s Claims for Property Damage and Medical Expenses policy.
Where students bring a mobile phone to school, Western English Language School will provide secure storage. Secure storage is storage that cannot be readily accessed by those without permission to do so. At Western English Language School students are required to hand their phones in to classroom teachers each morning, for secure storage in the school Audio visual office .
Students who use their personal mobile phones inappropriately at Western English Language School may be issued with consequences consistent with our school’s existing student engagement polices Student Wellbeing and Engagement Policy and Student Code of Conduct.
At Western English Language School inappropriate use of mobile phones is any use during school hours, unless an exception has been granted, and particularly use of a mobile phone:
Exceptions to the policy:
The three categories of exceptions allowed under the Department’s Mobile Phones — Student Use Policy are:
|For specific learning activities (class-based exception)||Unit of work, learning sequence|
|For students for whom a reasonable adjustment to a learning program is needed because of a disability or learning difficulty||Individual Learning Plan, Individual Education Plan|
|Students with a health condition||Student Health Support Plan|
|Students who are Young Carers||A localised student record|
|Travelling to and from excursions||Risk assessment planning documentation|
|Students on excursions and camps||Risk assessment planning documentation|
|When students are offsite (not on school grounds) and unsupervised with parental permission||Risk assessment planning documentation|
|Students with a dual enrolment or who need to undertake intercampus travel||Risk assessment planning documentation|
Where an exception is granted, the student can only use the mobile phone for the purpose for which it was granted.
Western English Language School will provide students and their parents and carers with information about items that can or cannot be brought to camps, excursions, special activities and events, including personal mobile phones.
This policy will be communicated to our school community in the following ways:
The Department’s Policy and Advisory Library (PAL):
Our School policy:
|Policy last reviewed||15 June 2023|
|Approved by||Acting Principal|
|Next scheduled review date||June 2026|
This policy has a mandatory review cycle of 3-4 years