New Cell Phone Policy Approved
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Volume 6-6, February, 2009 BoardNews A news update from the Board of Education, School District No.5 (Southeast Kootenay) February Board Meeting New Cell Phone Policy Approved The February Board meeting was held at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, February 10 at As the technological world advances rapidly around us, it is important that the the Board Office in Cranbrook. School District’s policies keep pace. After considerable consultation with partner groups, including the District Student Advisory Council (DSAC), the School Growth Plans Board approved a revised policy regarding the use of cell phones and other digital devices in schools. The intent of the new policy is to teach responsible Principals Steve Rogers of Steeples digital citizenship and to allow the appropriate use of technology by all Elementary and Wendy Hogg of members of the school community. Pinewood Elementary presented their respective School Growth Plans to the Students may carry cell phones or other digital devices and may use them as Board. Trustees were impressed with follows: the strides the schools are taking toward achieving their numeracy and 1. Cell phones and other digital devices may be used during non-instructional social responsibility goals. times only. During instructional time, all such devices are to be turned off and kept out of sight. FSA Letter 2. Cell phones and other digital devices may not be used in change rooms or The Board will send a letter washrooms at any time. encouraging the Ministry of Education 3. The in-class use of digital devices other than cell phones will be at the to consider not making FSA results discretion of the teacher. available to outside organizations that might use the results to rank schools in the province. GREAT Conferences Draft School Calendar Studies show that many students struggle through the transitions from level to A draft of the calendar for the level in our school system. A particularly difficult time for girls is the 2009/2010 school year is posted on the transition from middle to secondary school (Grade 9 to 10). In fact, this website and interested parties are transition can be so traumatic that achievement levels can drop and some girls invited to make comments. may end up dropping out of school. Tom Piros, Social Responsibility Coordinator, has organized GREAT (Girls Reaching for Esteem And Trust) Sustainable Schools conferences to be held on May 15 and 22. Grade 9 girls will hear Forum presentations and participate in discussions about self-esteem and body image, relational aggression, dating safety, positive relationships, sexual health and This webcast, sponsored by the drug and alcohol prevention. Provincial Government through the BC Education Leadership Council, was held in the Board Office last Monday. The forum was a strong reminder that all Boards of Education must be “carbon neutral” by 2010. The School District will be taking a leadership role in supporting environmental initiatives and is in the process of preparing a carbon neutral action report.