Mayor De Blasio and Chancellor Fariña Designate Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha Official School Holidays
For the first time in the 2015-16 school year, all public schools will close on September 24 in observance of Eid al-Adha.
For summer school starting in summer 2016, schools will close in observance of Eid al-Fitr.
The DOE calendar for the 2015-16 school year can be viewed HERE
MS 217 Electronic Device Policy.docx
Middle School 217Q
School Based Policy for Use of Cell Phones and Computing Devices on School Property
A. The use of cell phones and computing devices at school is subject to the conditions below:
1. Cell phones may not be turned on or used during the administration of any school quiz, test or examination.
2. Computing devices may not be turned on or used during the administration of any school quiz, test or examination, except where such use has been explicitly authorized by the school or is contained in an Individual Education Program or Section 504 Accommodation Plan.
3. Cell phones and computing devices may not be turned on or used during school fire drills or other emergency preparedness exercises.
4. Cell phones and computing devices may not be used in locker room, bathrooms, gymnasium or our dance classroom.
5. Students who use cell phones or computing devices in violation of any provision of the DOE’s Discipline Code, the school’s policy, Chancellor’s regulation A-413, and/or the DOE’s Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy (“IAUSP”) will be subject to discipline in accordance with the guidance interventions and disciplinary responses set forth in the Discipline Code.
B. Cell phones may be used as set forth below:
- Cell phones may not be turned on or used while on school property without authorization from a school official. Cell phones must be kept in school bags and turned off.
- Cell phones may not be used in areas where swimming pools are located.
- Cell phones may not be turned on or used during instructional time, except for instructional and educational purposes with the explicit approval of the teacher.
During after-school, school sponsored programs or activities:
The cell phone policy for after school programs, Saturday school programs, trips, or school events is the same as that which is followed during the regular school day.
C. Computing devices may be used as set forth below
- Computing devices may not be used in areas where swimming pools are located.
- Computing devices may not be turned on or used during instruction time, except for instruction and educational purposes with the explicit approval of the teacher.
- Computing devices may be turned on and used only during instructional time for instructional and educational purposes with the approval of school authority.
During after-school, school-sponsored programs or activities:
The computer device policy for after school programs, Saturday school programs, trips, or school events is the same as that which is followed during the regular school day.
D. Confiscation and return of electronic items
Describe the circumstances under which electronic items may be confiscated and returned. In determining whether to confiscate an electronic device, schools should consider the nature of the violation. Where appropriate, measures should be instituted in a progressive fashion. Such measures may include, but are not limited to:
The following is the progressive ladder of discipline that will be utilized when confiscating and returning an electronic device:
Step 1: Student will receive a verbal warning that the device is not permitted to be used in school, followed by the instruction to turn the device off and put it away.
Step 2: If the student fails to follow the direction of the school official and/or is found to have been given a verbal warning in the past for violating school policy on electronic devices the electronic device will be confiscated. The item will be returned to the student at the end of the school day.
Step 3: If the student has violated the school policy in the past resulting in his/her device being confiscated and returned to the student then the next time the student violates the school policy the device will be confiscated and will be held until a parent arranges a date and time with the school official to discuss the nature of the repeated violation as well as to pick up the device. An outcome of the parent meeting will be the creation and signature (student, parent, and school official signatures required) detailing a behavioral contract whereby the student and parent agree the student will not violate school policy on the use of digital devices while on school grounds. The contract will specify if the student violates the policy the privilege to possess the item on school grounds will be revoked.
Step 4: Revocation of privilege to bring item to school.