Generation Z, the group of people 23 to 12 years old, are said to be digitally native, because few remember a time before cell phones and internet access. But for many of these youngsters there is a space where they have to be disconnected — the classroom.
At Claremore High School, students are prohibited from using mobile devices during class time unless a teacher approves the use for instructional purposes.
“Phones are prohibited because studies show that kids cannot multitask,” said Claremore High School Principal Kerri Garroutte. “We’re trying to help students out and get their focus on what they should be focussing on in class.”
Some teachers may allow students to use their phones to look up information or to play review games where students text in their answers, but the decision about when a phone is a useful tool and when it is a distraction is left up to the instructor, Garroutte said.
Students are permitted to use phones before or after class or during lunch as long as the phone is kept on silent. Unauthorized use of cell phones will be viewed as a classroom disruption and will be recorded on the student’s discipline record.
Each teacher has a stepped behavior form for their student. On the first behavioral offense they will have a conversation with the student. The second time there will be another conversation with the student plus a call to the parent. For the third offense, the student could receive detention.
“It’s a stepping process to correct behavior before anything big-time happens to them,” Garroutte said.
“We’re here for the learning, so we’ll use the phone as a learning tool if we can, but keep it from being a distraction if we can as well,” she said.
Family emergencies happen and parents might feel that they need to get a hold of their child at a moment’s notice.
“We’ve become such a society of quick access to people that sometimes that’s a worry to some parents,” Garroutte said. “What I tell any parent is, if that student will tell the teacher ‘I need to have my phone available today,’ most teachers will set that phone on their desk so that if it goes off they can alert the student.”
Cell phone policies for all schools in the Claremore, Verdigris, Justus-Tiawah, Inola, Sequoyah and Foyil school districts can be found below.
Cell Phone Policies (Most schools have different policies for cell phones and other smart devices. Consult your school’s handbook for rules regarding smart devices like e-readers and laptops.)
All Claremore Public Elementary Schools - Use of cell phones/smart devices during school hours is not permitted. Students must turn their phones off when they enter the building. They must be kept in student’s backpack, cubby or locker during the school day. If a student uses a cell phone/smart device during school hours, there will be disciplinary interventions and the parents will be required to pick up the cell phone/smart device from the office. The school is not responsible for damaged, lost or stolen cell phones/smart devices.
Will Rogers Junior High School - Use of wireless devices on school grounds will be prohibited during classroom instruction unless authorized by the classroom teacher. No Social Media between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Use of wireless devices during field trips and sporting events during school hours is at the discretion of the sponsor/coach. Inappropriate use of wireless devices, i.e. pictures, videos, cyber bullying, etc. could result in that student losing his/her cell phone privileges for the remainder of the school year and could result in suspension. On a violation of the policy, the phone will be confiscated and returned to the student at the end of the day. A warning will be issued to the student on this first offense. On a second and any subsequent offenses, the same procedure will be followed, but 1 day of lunch detention will be issued to the student. Repeat offenders could lose all cell phone privileges for the year.
Claremore High School - Cell/Wireless mobile devices are not authorized for use during class time unless the teachers approve the use for instructional purposes. Students may use phones before or after class or during lunch and should be kept on silent operation. Unauthorized use of cell phones will be viewed as a classroom disruption and will be recorded on the student’s discipline record. Claremore High School is not responsible for stolen phones. Any cell phones that are confiscated will be stored in the front office and must be picked up by the last day of school or it will be donated to a charitable organization.
All Foyil Schools - Cell phones are not to be heard nor seen in the school building during the school day, including assemblies, band room and gym. The only exception to this rule is before and after school (outside of the building) and during lunch inside the cafeteria. Phones will be turned off and stored upon exit from the cafeteria. When a phone comes into conflict with the learning environment it is subject to confiscation by members of the faculty. Students who fail to comply with this policy, will face the following punishment: On a violation of the policy, the device will be confiscated and returned to a parent at the end of the day. A warning will be issued to the student on the 1st offense. On a 2nd offense the same procedure will be followed and the student will be required to serve one hour of after school detention. The 3rd offense will follow the same procedures, with the student required to serve an hour of detention and one day of in-house suspension. Additional offenses will lead to other disciplinary actions, up to and including suspension. Any items brought to the school are the sole responsibility of the student. The school is not responsible or liable for any lost or stolen cell phones or any other electronic devices.
Inola Elementary School - It is recommended that students do not bring cell phones or similar electronic devices to school. Inola Public Schools will not be responsible for these items if they are brought to the school; and use will not be allowed during regular school hours.
Inola Middle and High Schools - Electric devices may be used before and after school, at lunch and between classes. Use of electronic devices in the classroom is left to the teacher’s discretion. Violation of the teacher’s rules will be dealt with in the following manner. 1st Offense - taken away and kept by the teacher until the end of the school day. 2nd Offense - taken away and kept by the principal until the end of the school day. 3rd Offense - given to the principal and the parent must pick up the item along with detention for the student.
All Justus-Tiawah Schools - Students are allowed to use cell phones before and after school. During the school day, students are to keep cell phones turned off and in their locker. Unless given permission by a teacher to use in class for educational purposes, students are not to have their cell phone on their person during the school day. The school day is defined at 8:25 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. Any cell phones/pages/recorders/Ipods that are visible, heard or being used during the school day will be confiscated and kept until the end of the day on the first offense. The second and subsequent offenses, their phone will be confiscated and kept until picked up by a parent or guardian. School district is not responsible for any damaged/lost/stolen devices.
Sequoyah Elementary School - Cellular phones are not allowed to be turned on at school and must remain in school bag. On the first offense of having a phone turned on or taken out of school bag, the phone will be confiscated. A parent or guardian must contact the building principal for the return of the phone. Each additional offense will be determined by the administrator. If you, as a parent, choose to send a phone to school with your child, we will not be responsible for any phone that turns up missing or damaged. We strongly discourage cell phones.
Sequoyah Middle and High Schools - Cell phones will not be allowed for Middle School or High School students unless permission is given by the classroom teachers or administration. Use of cellular devices should be for educational purposes only! On the first offense of using the phone without permission, the phone will be confiscated and will be returned to the student at the end of the day. On the second offense, the phone must be picked up by the parent and a detention will be assigned to the student. On the third offense, the parent must pick up the phone and a Tuesday night or Saturday school will be assigned. Any additional infractions could result in out of school suspension.
Verdigris Schools awaiting updated student handbook. This portion will be updated as information becomes available.