Cell Phone Policy
Cell Phone/Electronic Device Policy
The Eagle Academy for Young Men's Cell Phone/Electronic Device Policy was adopted during the 2015-2016 school year and is listed below. This policy is in effect until further notice, including during the 2018-2019 school year, and any changes will be posted here.
In accordance with New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) Chancellor’s Regulation A-413, students are permitted to bring the following electronic items to school: 1) cell phones; 2) laptops, tablets, iPads and other similar computing devices (“computing devices”); and 3) portable music and entertainment systems (such as iPods, MP3 players, PSP and Nintendo DS) [The aforementioned items will be referred to as “devices” for the purposes of this policy.]
Although students are permitted to bring these devices to school, these devices may NOT:
- a) be turned on or used during the administration of any school quiz, test or examination (this includes all Eagle tests and all New York State Education Department and NYCDOE exams). These devices can be used if they have been explicitly authorized by the school or are contained in an Individualized Education Program or Section 504 Accommodation Plan.
- b) be turned on or used during school fire drills or other emergency preparedness exercises.
- c) be used in locker rooms or bathrooms.
In accordance with Chancellor Regulation A-413, principals have the authority to determine the circumstances under which cell phones, computing devices, and portable music and entertainment systems may be used on school property and the procedures for confiscation, storage and return of such items.
Section 3 • Eagle Bronx Cell Phone/Electronic Device Policy:
- Upon entering the Eagle Bronx building, all Eagle students must place their devices in their bookbags. Students can secure their devices in their locked lockers after Town Hall. These devices should not be visible if students choose to carry them on their person (in their pockets, for example) throughout the school day.
- While on school premises or during any Eagle/NYCDOE sponsored activity outside of the Eagle Bronx building (on a bus during a field trip, for example), students may not take out and/or use their devices (except for those devices they have been explicitly authorized to use according to their Individualized Education Program or Section 504 Accommodation Plan).
- Students who violate the Eagle Bronx Cell Phone/Electronic device policy or who use these devices in violation of any provision of the DOE’s Discipline Code, the school’s policy, Chancellor Regulation A-413, and/or the DOE’s Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy (“ISUSP”) will be subject to discipline in accordance with the guidance interventions and disciplinary responses set forth in the NYCDOE Discipline Code.
Section 4 • Confiscation of Cell Phones/Electronic Devices Policy at Eagle Bronx:
- Students who violate the Eagle Bronx Cell Phone/Electronic Device policy as outlined above or who use these devices in violation of any provision of the DOE’s Discipline Code, Chancellor Regulation A-413, and/or the DOE’s Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy (“ISUSP”) may have these devices confiscated by all Eagle Educators, who act as designees of the principal.
- If students refuse to comply with directives instructing them to hand over their devices, staff members should notify an Eagle administrator, a Director of Scholar Life or principal designees. This incident should be documented as a referral or as an anecdotal in Skedula. After students refuse to hand over their devices to Eagle Educators, school staff may not engage in any physical confrontations with students or attempt to confiscate the device from a student who is uncooperative or defiant.
- Once the device has been confiscated, it will be secured in a locked desk in an envelope (labeled with the student’s name/OSIS number, date of confiscation and type of device) in the locked office of an Eagle administrator or a Director of Scholar Life. The student’s parent or guardian will be notified and told the procedures for having the device returned.
- The first and all subsequent confiscations of a student’s device will result in the device being returned to the parent following a parent conference, in which the parent/guardian must report to Eagle Bronx for the conference and to receive the device. The parent/guardian will be reminded of the Eagle Bronx Cell Phone/Electronic Device policy.