Telecommunication and electronic devices includes but is not limited to: smartwatches, Chromebooks, cell phones, gaming devices, and earbuds. Connecticut General Statute § 10-233j gives New London Public Schools the authority to restrict student possession or use of cellular telephones at school.
The New London Board of Education policy grants the building principal permission to authorize use of electronic devices in school. In addition, teachers are authorized to have students use their cells for educationally sound reasons. See the full policy online at www.newlondon.org - for Families & Students.
However, since the unauthorized use of cell phones has proven to be a distraction to student engagement & learning, the following are the key expectations of our campus community faculty and administration at our school:
Teachers may have students use devices for instructional/research purposes only. The teacher will determine the length and type of usage permitted and will also clearly indicate this by use of procedure posted in the classroom. A teacher may stop the use of electronics at any time during class. Failure to follow teacher direction will result in disciplinary consequences.
Other than the reasons described above, cell phones should be off during instruction, class work, testing, etc.
Devices shall not be used in a testing environment unless authorized and must be used in a manner that does not violate cheating/plagiarism policy as written in student handbook.
Phone calls on cell phones may not be made or received during school hours.
For emergency situations, parents may call the main office to contact their children. If students need to talk with parents, they may use a school phone
Being on social media, watching videos, or the taking of recordings, including but not limited to, photographs and videos, is not permitted unless authorized by a teacher or an administrator for educational purposes.
No earbuds or headphones shall be worn during the school day unless authorized by an administrator.
The use of electronic devices will not be allowed during emergency situations, including drills.
The use of electronic devices will not be allowed in the locker room and/or bathrooms at any time.
The school will not be responsible for loss, theft, or damage to devices that are brought to school or are confiscated for violation of this policy.
Devices are subject to search and seizure per BOE policy and guidelines in the student handbook.
Students not adhering to these guidelines regarding the use of electronic devices will be referred to school administration.
For further information, please speak to administration.
Students are expected to dress in styles that promote a positive, safe, serious educational environment and styles that are in compliance with local and state ordinances and are not disruptive to the learning process.
Styles that promote a positive, safe learning environment:
Shirts that cover shoulders, midriff, and back.
Pants worn at the waist that meet the shirt.
Skirts and shorts no shorter than fingertips.
Jeans without holes above the knee
Clothing that represents the ROTC, band, school club, sports team or a career path.
Styles that are prohibited in school:
Spandex and form-fitting leggings, unless covered by a shirt or skirt longer than arm’s length.
Jeans with holes above the knee that expose skin.
Pants worn below the waist that expose undergarments and/or shorts
Exposed boxers, undergarments, or any underwear or bathing suit used as outer wear.
Full or partially transparent clothing, backless attire, or strapless shirts.
Revealing, form fitting clothing and clothing that exposes the midriff, back or cleavage.
Headgear such as hats, skull caps, beanies, scarves, visors, baseball caps and “do rags”.
Sunglasses and masks.
Jewelry that is considered dangerous (spikes, dog chains, bicycle chains, and sharp-edged items)
Clothing with offensive symbols and language and/or symbols or language that promote drugs or alcohol.
Clothing, footwear, jewelry, backpacks and other items of certain colors or patterns, plastic colored beads, jewelry, exposed tattoos, and any other items that are perceived by the administration to represent gang affiliation.
Miniskirts and shorts that are shorter than arm’s length.
Students, who are out of compliance, must call home for a change of clothes or wear school t-shirt. In addition, due to the constantly changing styles and symbols, the administration will reserve the right to determine what is appropriate and prohibited items are subject to change. Changes will be communicated to parents and staff.