Sir Francis Drake High School Cell Phone Policy
We, at Sir Francis Drake High School, believe that technology is an important tool in educating our students to be creative, collaborative, responsible, and globally-aware.
We believe that technology enriches our environment when it is used purposefully and conscientiously. In an increasingly connected world, we understand the importance of continually building a culture of appropriate use of technology in all learning spaces.
The Drake student utilizes technology to develop and demonstrate:
- Creativity and Innovation
- Communication and Collaboration
- Research and Information Fluency
- Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
- Digital Citizenship
- Technology Operations and Concepts
Reasons Why We Want a Cell Phone Policy at Drake
The reason for implementing a cell phone policy is to establish a protocol for limiting distraction in the classroom, as well as to discourage cheating. Data shows that cell phones are not only a distraction for the student using the phone, but for the person next to the student—even if the cell phone is simply left on the desk in front of them. The addition of the cell phone caddies and a cell phone policy would be a way to help teachers establish a boundary around cell phones that is beneficial for learning, and would provide consistency across the school for how cell phones are to be utilized in the classroom. As stated in the proposed cell phone policy, it would be left up to the teacher’s discretion as to how the phone is to be used in their classroom.
Three Scientific Studies About Cellphones in Schools
The scientific evidence shows that when the kids have smartphones with them, the temptation to reach into a pocket is just too much and the result is poor. “The mere presence of these devices reduces available cognitive capacity,” states a 2017 research paper from The Journal of the Association for Consumer Research. In short, smartphones drain your brain, or as one college freshman recently put it: “There's no way that it’s good for productivity.”
The good news: It works vice versa. The brain works better when such devices aren’t present on students but instead get kept elsewhere. Schools that changed their policy from allowing cellphones to a prohibition saw exam scores rise by 6%, according to a study from the United Kingdom. For schools wishing to raise scores, an extra 6% should be an easy win if all it means is restricting classroom phone use.
"Research found that even when not in active use or buzzing, beeping, ringing, or flashing, a mobile device represents a wider social network and a portal to an immense compendium of information. In the presence of mobile devices, people have the constant urge to seek out information, check for communication, and direct their thoughts to other people and worlds.
DHS requires that during all classes all student cellphones must be turned off and placed in a cell phone holder, of the teacher’s choosing. However, the teacher can give permission for cellphones to be used for academic purposes. Exceptions can be given for medical reasons.