Policies

Mobile Phone Policy

Mobile Phone, Recording Devices and Internet Policy

St. Joseph’s College recognises that it is a student’s right to have a mobile phone and we acknowledge the positive aspects of this. Nonetheless, this right cannot compromise or disrupt teaching and learning. Urgent phone calls to or from a student will ALWAYS be facilitated through the office. Parents/Guardians are asked to cooperate with this policy by refraining from making calls to their sons’ mobile phones during the times specified
in (a) below.


It is strongly advised that students use pins/passwords to ensure that unauthorised use cannot be made of their phones.


There are potential dangers for the school community (pupils, parents, visitors, staff, coaches, teaching staff, management, trustees) stemming from the misuse and abuse of electronic media. As a result, the school will rigorously endeavour to protect the personal dignity and right to privacy of all the members of the school community.
The misuse of mobile phones, electronic recording devices, or the Internet is a serious breach of the School Discipline Code. St. Joseph’s College will respond appropriately in such cases and will have the full range of sanctions open to it.

Mobile Phones

  1. Students must ensure that mobile phones are SWITCHED OFF AT ALL TIMES WHILE ON THE SCHOOL GROUNDS (i.e. Inside the school gates). This includes the period of time each student is ON THE SCHOOL GROUNDS before commencement of the first class, during the small break, during lunch and after the last class of the day.

 

While off the school premises, but on school business (e.g. games, field trips etc), mobile phones must be switched off. However, if it is necessary for the student to contact his parent/guardian, then permission to turn on a mobile phone must be sought from the supervising teacher. The phone must be turned off again at the conclusion of the conversation. The supervising teacher will ensure that this has happened.
Switched off mean does not include ‘Silent’, ‘Meeting’ or any similar mode. The phone must be POWERED OFF.

  1. Students found in contravention of a) will have phones confiscated. A letter will be given to the student to inform his parent/guardian that the phone has been confiscated and it can be collected at the parent’s/guardian’s earliest convenience after the end of the school day (4.05pm). A student should ensure that his phone is powered off before being surrendered to the teacher.

The name of the student and other relevant details will be recorded.

  1. A student who refuses to surrender a phone found in his possession, which is not turned off, will be considered to have committed a serious breach of the School Discipline Code.
  2. In the case of second offence regarding (a), the phone will be confiscated for five school days (starting from the day it was confiscated). A letter will be given to the student to inform his parent/guardian that the phone has been confiscated and it can be collected by a parent/guardian at the end of that period (the period in question will be stated on the second letter).
  3. A third breach of this policy will result in confiscation of the phone for ten school days and the school will require a written statement of support of the mobile phone policy from the parent/guardian and from the pupil.
  4.  It will be considered a serious breach of the School Discipline Code if there is any further need to confiscate this student’s phone or if the written guarantees are not provided.
  5. An incident where mobile phones are used to bully or harass a member of the school community is a serious breach of the school discipline code. In such cases the phone will be confiscated at the principal’s discretion. It should be noted that it is an offence to use a mobile phone to menace, harass or offend another person. As such, the school may consider it appropriate to involve the Gardai in such incidents.
  6. The school accepts no responsibility for damage to or loss of the phone.

The management and staff of St. Joseph’s College are appreciative of the students’ and parents’ ongoing support of our efforts to maintain and foster the positive use of technology in a caring and safe learning environment.

Recording Devices and Internet: Mobile Phones with cameras and recording capabilities; multi-media recording devices (audio and visual)

WHILE ON SCHOOL PREMISES OR WHEN OFF THE PREMISES ON AUTHORISED SCHOOL BUSINESS (e.g. games, field trips etc)

  1. Students must ensure that recording devices are SWITCHED OFF AT ALL TIMES
  2. Photographs cannot be taken, nor can recordings (audio or visual) be made, of a member of the school community without his/her express permission and the permission of the school Principal/Deputy Principal. Using phones or any other recording devices to record a person without appropriate authorisation, will be considered a serious breach of the School Discipline Code.

The Internet is an excellent educational tool and the school encourages its use. The school encourages parents/guardians, pupils and teachers to be informed of Internet safety and best practice.

  1. Students will observe good ‘netitquette’ (i.e. etiquette on the internet) in their representation of and comments on members of the school community and about the school itself.
  2. Students will not upload, download, send or forward any material on the Internet that is obscene, defamatory or intended to annoy or harass a member of the school community.
  3. No photographs of, or recordings (audio or visual) of, or comments about a member of the school community can be uploaded to the Internet without his/her express permission and the permission of the school Principal/Deputy Principal.
  4. Instances where the Internet is used to insult, offend, slander, defame, harass or bully a member of the school community by another member of the school community is a serious issue and will be treated accordingly. Any student who uses the Internet as a vehicle to insult, offend, harass or bully another student or teacher will be deemed to have committed a serious breach of the school discipline code and the school will have full recourse to the range of sanctions available. The school may consider it appropriate to involve the Gardai in such instances.

Serious breaches of the School Code of Discipline will be dealt with by the appropriate Year Head, and/or the Deputy Principal/ Principal and may be reported to the Board of Management.

This policy was adopted by the Board of Management at the meeting of Dec.15th. 2008 following consultation with the Teaching Staff, the Student Council, the Parents Council and the Trustees.

James Brennan
Principal

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