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New cell phone procedures
July 13, 2016
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers,
Dryden High School has increasingly experienced problems with cell phones/personal devices use during the school day. Students’ use of such devices has been cause for distraction from their academic responsibilities. The current High School procedure allows students to carry these devices and use them during the following times of day:
Unfortunately, students are not abiding by this current structure. In addition, earbuds and headphones are being worn constantly, often impacting the students’ ability to fully engage in instruction.
Research shows that off-task use of personal electronic devices such as cell phones, tablets etc… significantly disrupts the transfer of information from short-term to long-term memory. This interruption of learning significantly impacts student focus and recall. Excessive cell phone use is problematic in higher education and the workplace. It is our responsibility, in conjunction with family support, to prepare students for this transition.
Refinement of the High School Cell Phone and Personal Devices Procedure
As a result, Dryden High School has adopted the following refinements in the procedure in order to promote student achievement and success:
This procedure empowers students to develop personal accountability for their learning and success in future endeavors. Our goal is for students to be actively engaged in the classroom as well as within the school and wider social community.
During our opening day orientation, administration will detail the personal technology protocol and the repercussions of not adhering to the requirements. Teachers will also review the specifics for each classroom and include information in the course outlines. Thank you for your continued support of student success and your community’s school.
The Dryden High School Administration and Staff
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