We recognize that parents/guardians provide their children with cell phones/smart watches for safety and comfort reasons. Therefore, we understand that students will bring these devices to school. Students can call parents/guardians immediately upon arrival or after dismissal. You can help us enforce this policy by not texting, calling or answering your children during the day. In the case of true emergencies, please contact the main office and someone will redirect you accordingly.
Students are not to use their smart watches or other personal electronic devices to call, text or message their family members during the school day. If students need to reach a member of their family, they can use one of the phones in the main office.
Cell phones and smart watches may not be turned on or used during the school day.
Cell phones and smart watches may not be turned on or used in the bathroom.
Cell phones and smart watches may not be turned on or used during field trips, fire drills or lockdown drills.
Cell phones and smart watches may not be turned on or used during any examinations, including classroom and state assessments.
Cell phones and electronic devices (smart watches, laptops, tablets, etc.) must be carried in a secure compartment in a student’s backpack. Backpacks will remain in the student’s classroom closet throughout the day; the closets are NEVER LOCKED. Cell phones must be powered off until the student is off school property at the end of the day.
Allowing a child to bring a cell phone or any other electronic device to school is a personal family decision and it is not the responsibility of the school or school staff if a cell phone or any other electronic device is lost, damaged or stolen.
If a child violates the above policy, it will result in confiscation of the electronic device. The parent/guardian will be contacted, and the device will be returned by an administrator, and only to a parent/guardian.
Students who use cell phones, computing devices, and/or portable music and entertainment system 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 intervention and disciplinary responses set forth in the Discipline Code
Students may not photograph or take videos of any staff members or other students in and outside the building.
You can use the form to let DIIT know what issues you are having with NYCDOE iPads or other devices including:
Reporting a lost or stolen device
Support for sign in and use of iPad or other DOE devices
Help with applications (including Google Classroom)
If the form doesn't offer the answers you need, you will be asked to provide your contact information and DIIT will get in touch with you and try to solve your problem.
The rules you have for your school and classroom are rules for online, too. Your teachers will probably set rules for tags, comments, and posts. Usually, you shouldn’t tag posts, pictures, or videos unless your teacher and the person you are tagging give you permission. Always respect your schoolmates and be thoughtful about how you behave toward them online.
Keep in mind that the adults at your school are responsible for your safety—and the safety of all the students. That’s why your teachers have the right to follow what you say and do online if it affects what happens at school. This is true whether you are using your own computer (or phone, or tablet) or a device that belongs to your school.
It doesn’t matter if you are signed into a private account or using your Wi-Fi network at home. When it comes to your safety—and the safety of others—the school’s rules rule. The DOE Discipline Code defines what’s not allowed in school or might create a problem at school.
The rules in theDiscipline Code also apply when you’re using social media. For example, even if a fight on social media starts outside of school, it can carry over and create a problem at school that can lead to students being punished at school. Refer to the Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy for the detailed DOE policy.
Bullying doesn’t only happen in person or at school. It can also happen online, and then it’s called cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is saying something online that is mean or hurtful on purpose, for example:
Sending mean messages or harassing someone
Posting comments that are mean, not true, or create rumors
Sharing an embarrassing photo of a classmate
When you are online, treat others the way you would want them to treat you, just as you would in person. Before you post, consider whether you are making a harmless joke or are doing something that could be hurtful. Think about how you would feel if someone made the same joke about you.
If you, or someone you know, are being bullied online or in person, it is best not to respond or react online. Instead, tell your teacher and your parent(s) so they can help you decide what to do next. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to your teacher, you can write an email to Tech@schools.nyc.gov that describes what’s going on.
Make sure your child acts appropriately and responsibly online. This includes knowing and understanding the Discipline Code, Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy (IAUSP), and Social Media Guidelines for Students 12 and Younger.
Keep track of your child's online use when they are not in school - including mobile apps, online games and other social media platforms (Tik-Tok, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.).
Share values with your child and talk with them about what is - and is not - acceptable online behavior.