RPS sets regulations on student cell phone use

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – Rochester Public Schools (RPS) has new guidelines for the upcoming school year that will regulate when students can use their cell phones or electronic devices.

“We really think that as a school, we also want to help students understand the appropriate use of a device that they are going to have. This is going to be a part of all of our lives,” said Jacque Peterson, Head of Schools at RPS.

The district has established a red zone/green zone approach.

The green zone is when phones are allowed to be used:

  • Before/After school
  • Cafeteria and hallways
  • Lunch/recreation/change time
  • When your teacher has GREEN sign up for class

The red zone is when phones are not allowed to be used:

  • Bathrooms/Changing rooms
  • During the course (unless the GREEN sign is in place)
  • Every time a staff member asks you to put it away
  • When your teacher has RED sign up

The guidelines are not a ban on phones in schools. Students may have phones on their person, but they must be put away during red zone areas or when requested by school staff.

Peterson addressed concerns some parents might have about their child using their phone in emergency situations.

“In terms of crisis, it is true only if there is something to say. there is a water leak [or] main water leak in a school, our students will often contact their families to let them know they are safe. But we also want to assure families that we have good communication plans,” she said.

Peterson said the guidelines give students expectations about cellphone rules and can help reduce distractions. She said it can also prevent incidents where a phone is used to record someone without their permission.

The district also listed what could happen if the guidelines are not followed:

  • 1st instance: The mobile phone/electronic device will be given to the teacher and returned by the teacher at the end of the lesson period.
  • 2nd instance: The mobile phone/electronic device will be given to the teacher and returned at the end of the period by the teacher, who will also contact a parent or guardian.
  • 3rd instance: The cell phone/electronic device will be returned to the teacher and returned at the end of the period by the teacher and the office will be notified as a level 2 reference for administrative follow-up.
  • Instance 4: The cell phone/electronic device will be returned to the office and returned at the end of the school day by a building administrator, who will contact a parent or guardian, and the student will receive a Level 2 recommendation.
  • 5th instance: The mobile phone/electronic device will be returned to the office and returned to a parent or guardian. A building administrator will contact a parent or guardian, the student will receive a recommendation from the Level 2 office, and a meeting will be arranged by the administration with the student and a parent or guardian to determine a plan for moving forward. before.
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