Student Technology use and expectations

The new Code of Conduct provisions around student cell phone use detailed in the Ministry of Education's PPM 128 update came into effect last week. The updated HDSB Code of Conduct that was shared in the fall and is reflective of these changes can be found on, search Code of Conduct.

At Orchard Park we already had a structure in place for student use of cell phones, so this new policy doesn’t change our current practice. We do want to take this time to remind parents of our rules around cell phones:

  • ALWAYS locked in your locker during the school day unless required for use in class as an instructional tool
  • teachers can ask students to use Cell Phones as a tool during instructional time with DIRECT supervision, the screen must be readily visible to the teacher
  • notifications must be turned off when used as an instructional tool
  • students should not be using their cell phones in the hallways, during breaks or during classroom instructional time without permission
  • students use the office phone to call parents if needed, students should not be texting parents or friends during the day
  • in Math, students are to use a real calculator, not the one on their phone
  • Youtube, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, etc….. must not be used on school property
  • no photos/videos should be taken at school unless it is assignment/project related and permission given and supervised by teacher.

If a student does not follow the above expectations, the following consequences will occur:

  1. First offense, device taken away, returned at end of the day.
  2. Second offense, teacher takes the device, speaks to the student, and stores the device in a secured location. If the teacher would like it stored at the office, the teacher can bring it to the office. The device is returned at the end of the day. A phone call home is made by teacher.
  3. Third offense, student and device sent to the office, device remains in the office until the end of the day, an administrator will speak to the student and their parent. The student will not be able to participate in any Bring I.T. activities for one week. If device cannot be left at home, student can drop it off and pick it up at the office each day.
  4. Subsequent offenses, the office will contact parents as request that the cell phone stays home.