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Mobile Phone Policy - Appropriate use of mobile phone by students

The use of mobile phones can be disruptive to the learning environment of all students.  Morayfield State School has therefore put into place this policy to ensure that the rights of all students and staff are respected as well as ensuring a safe and supportive learning environment.
Mobile phones are used at their owner’s risk.  In the event of the loss, theft or damage of any device, the school will accept no liability unless it can be established that the loss, theft or damage resulted from the department’s negligence.   Students are encouraged to hand their phones into the office each morning and collect them after school.
There are times when it is genuinely appropriate and beneficial for students to have access to a mobile phone.  This is to be decided by the student and their parent or caregiver.  Students may need to contact parents in emergencies or to confirm collection details for after school.  However, except in times of genuine emergency, mobile phone use is not acceptable at Morayfield State School.
·      If mobile phones are brought to school they are the responsibility of the student.
·      Students are encouraged to hand their phones into the office each day.
·      Students must have their mobile phones switched off and out of sight during class time.
·      Mobile phones are not to be used in any manner or place that is disruptive to the normal routine of the school.
·      Students are not to use mobile phones to contact parents in a way, which would circumvent normal school procedures.
·      In-phone cameras are not to be used anywhere a normal camera would be considered inappropriate.  Nor are students to photograph or film others without their consent.
·      Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken against any student who breaches any of these rules.
This policy also applies to students during school excursions, camps and extra-curricular activities.  Students wishing to use their mobiles in special circumstances should negotiate arrangements with the relevant school staff prior to departure of the activity.