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Cell Phone Policy

Cell Phone Policy

Preamble
The purpose of this policy is to govern pupils’ use of and security of cell phones (and other similar devices) at Peterhouse. It is made with the best intentions for the pupils’ wellbeing and to take account of their requirements for essential communications. It is important to note that using a cell phone is a privilege and thus confiscation of the phone for a period of time as a disciplinary sanction for non-cell phone related disciplinary infractions, can be applied.

General conditions governing use of cell phones
At the beginning of every term all phones of any kind must be registered with the Housemaster/Housemistress for security purposes. Any new phones brought into school during the year must be added to the register.

Pupils are not automatically entitled to have access to a cell phone. If deemed appropriate, access may be denied by the school as part of a disciplinary sanction.

Cell phones are not permitted on outdoor education expeditions; cameras only.

If a cell phone is being used whilst travelling it will be entirely at the coach’s discretion and pupils must maintain appropriate cell phone etiquette (e.g. pupils should not use the cell phone in public; alight from a bus with earphones/talking on the phone, etc.). The use of cell phones is prohibited at any school fixture. Pupils can only use their phone once the fixture is completed to contact their own parents.

The school regards the posting of private, inappropriate or indecent material on social media as a serious disciplinary offence which will lead to disciplinary action. No pupil may use their phone (or other device) to record (audio or visual) any other person without the prior consent of that person. Sending or forwarding any digital material, even to one person, constitutes posting/ publication of the material. Pupils will be held responsible for the consequences the posted material may cause.

Neither the School nor its employees are responsible for any valuables, including cell phones that are brought to school. Parents are advised to insure cell phones.

Use of cell phones:

VIth Form:
i. Are allowed cell phones at all times but these may not be used in public places and may only be used in the classroom with the teacher’s permission.

Vth Form:
i. Are allowed to use their phones in the House or the classroom at the teacher’s discretion, subject to the following restrictions:
a. phones will be handed in after prep every evening (2100) and returned at morning roll call the following day from Monday to Friday.
b. Phones may be kept by the pupil from Saturday morning roll call until Sunday evening at 2100.

A, B, C Block:
i. Are allowed to use their phones in the House only, subject to the following restrictions:
a. The type of phones allowed:
i. A block pupils are allowed smartphones.
ii. B Block and C Block are allowed bricks only.
iii. International pupils in B and C Block are allowed to have access to a smartphone for travel to/from school. On arrival at school the phone should be handed in to the pupil’s Housemaster/Housemistress.
b. Access to their phones:
i. Weekdays.
• Phones can be signed out by pupils by 13.30 on Tuesday and 15.30 on Thursday.
• Phones must be handed in by 19.00 (evening roll call/start of prep) on the same day.
ii. Weekends.
• Friday: Phones can be signed out by pupils going on a floating or an away sporting fixture. Pupils attending a sports’ fixture are required to hand in their phone on their return to PH on Friday evening.
• Saturday: Phones can be signed out by pupils at Saturday morning roll call and must be handed back on Sunday evening roll call.
ii. Phones must be handed in prior to any prep session.
iii. Phones are locked in the House office and safe facility at all other times.

D Block:
i. Are not permitted a cell phone (brick or smart phone) whilst at school.
ii. International pupils are allowed to have access to a smartphone for travel to/from school. On arrival at school the phone should be handed in to the pupil’s Housemaster/Housemistress.

Sanctions
Pupils in breach of the guidelines above will be subject to the full range of disciplinary sanctions depending on the nature of the offence.

More specifically the following sanctions will apply:
i. if a cell phone is used outside of the House at School, or in the classroom without the teacher’s permission, it will be confiscated for a period of 3 weeks. For a second offence, the cell phone will be confiscated for a period of 6 weeks;
ii. if the pupil is seen using a phone during an away sporting fixture, it will be confiscated for a period of 3 weeks (6 weeks for a second offence); and
iii. pupils using mobile devices for posting of inappropriate or indecent material will face severe disciplinary consequences and will be sanctioned according to other relevant school policies.

Any phone used by a pupil in public must be confiscated.

Pupils in possession of second or illegal devices will have the device confiscated, and lose above cell phone privileges of the registered device for a period of three months on a first offence and a year on the second offence. The confiscated device will be handed over to a parent/guardian.

April 2022

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