Technology Policies Resources
Our commitment to instilling or cultivating a sense of wonder and awe in our students is integrally tied to a responsible use of technology. As a result, we are moving to a new cell phone policy for our high school students beginning in the 2020-2021 school year. In response to the research and evaluation completed by our Technology Policy Committee, we are making the following update:
9th-12th grades: In the 2020-2021 school year, cell phones or personal electronic devices may only be used in designated areas on the ground floor and must otherwise be kept in a locker during the school day. Students may be given permission to use cell phones during class under a teacher’s supervision. Our new, 10-minute passing periods built into the new upper school schedule allow time for students to correspond with parents or guardians during the school day, if necessary.
The cell phone policies for students in grades JK3-8 remain unchanged. Oak Hill students who bring phones on campus must deposit them in the Oak Hill Office during the school day. Middle school students who bring cell phones on campus may not carry or access them between 8 am and 3 pm. It is our hope that these policies will strengthen the positive aspects of social and emotional learning and create the conditions for building strong relationships. Below are several of the resources reviewed by our Technology Policy Committee and used in determining the new policy.
- There is a Cell Phone in your student’s head
- Facebook and texting made me do it: Media-induced task-switching while studying
- Selectively Distracted: Divided Attention and Memory for Important Information
- Associations Between Time Spent Using Social Media and Internalizing and Externalizing Problems among US Youth
- How to Manage Cell Phones in the Classroom
- Locked Pouches Keep Cellphones Out of Students’ Hands at San Mateo High School
- The Distracted Student Mind – Enhancing its Focus and Attention
- Addicted to your Smartphone? Here’s What to Do
- Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?