EIPS Launches New Cell Phone Policy
Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) Board of Trustees has approved a new policy regarding cellphones. Policy 24, Personal Communication Devices outlines how students and staff use cellphones and personal devices within EIPS schools. The goal: To ensure all students use technology responsibly and develop skills in digital citizenship.
To develop the policy, the Board undertook a comprehensive review of the Division’s existing procedures and practices used to oversee the use of student-owned technology in the classroom. It also conducted extensive public consultations with students, teachers, school administrators and EIPS families. Overall, the feedback was invaluable and provided a clear picture of how to best manage the use of these devices.
Students in kindergarten to Grade 6: No access to cellphones or personal devices during the school day, including during breaks and the lunch hour - the only exception, students with a diagnosed medical condition or an identified inclusive-educational need.
The purpose of the policy is to ensure learning takes place in an environment with fewer distractions. When students can focus on what’s taking place in the classroom and can interact directly with the teacher and other students, they’re in a better position to grow and succeed.
Students are strongly encouraged to NOT bring any devices to school. If a student does, the device must stay in his/her backpack.
Students caught using any devices will be told to bring it down to the office and they can pick the device up at the end of the school day.
Families are invoiced for school fees at the beginning of every school year. Fees are due within 30 days of the invoice date. The simplest, and most convenient, way to pay schools fees is by logging in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal and clicking on "Student Fees." If circumstances exist where you are unable to pay your students fees, you can apply to have fees waived by submitting an Application for a Waiver of Fees.
Stand As One
The students of Westboro Elementary School put their hearts into creating this special song and video that pays tribute to survivors of residential schools. We hope to spread the message of hope and love, and above all, encourage others to come together to “Stand as One” in our journey towards reconciliation.
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