Purpose

To explain to our school community the Department’s and Beaumaris Secondary College policy requirements and expectations relating to students using mobile phones and other personal mobile devices e.g smartwatches during school hours.

 

Scope

This policy applies to:

  1. All students at Beaumaris Secondary College and,
  2. Students’ personal mobile phones and other personal mobile devices brought onto school premises during school hours, including before school, recess and lunchtime.

 

Definitions

A mobile phone is a telephone with access to a cellular (telecommunication) system, with or without a physical connection to a network and any device that may connect to or have a similar functionality to a mobile phone such as smart watches.

 

Policy

Beaumaris Secondary College understands that students may bring a personal mobile phone to school, particularly if they are travelling independently to and from school.

At Beaumaris Secondary College:

  • Students who choose to bring mobile phones to school must have them switched off and securely stored during school hours
  • Exceptions to this policy may be applied if certain conditions are met (see below for further information)
  • When emergencies occur, parents or carers should reach their child by calling the school’s office.

 

Personal mobile phone use

In accordance with the Department’s Mobile Phones Policy issued by the Minister for Education, personal mobile phones must not be used at Beaumaris Secondary College during school hours, including before school, lunchtime and recess, unless an exception has been granted by the school.

Where a student has been granted an exception, the student must use their mobile phone for the purpose for which the exception was granted, and in a safe, ethical and responsible manner.

 

Secure storage

Mobile phones owned by students at Beaumaris Secondary College are considered valuable items and are brought to school at the owner’s (student’s or parent/carer’s) risk.  Students are encouraged not to bring a mobile phone to school unless there is a compelling reason to do so.  Please note that Beaumaris Secondary College does not have accident insurance for accidental property damage or theft. Students and their parents/carers are encouraged to obtain appropriate insurance for valuable items.  Refer to the [Example School’s Personal Property Policy AND/OR the Department’s Personal Goods policy

Where students bring a mobile phone to school, Beaumaris Secondary College will provide secure storage. Secure storage is storage that cannot be readily accessed by those without permission to do so. At Beaumaris Secondary College students are required to store their phones in their lockers.

 

Enforcement

Students who use their personal mobile phones inappropriately at Beaumaris Secondary College may be issued with consequences consistent with our school’s existing Student Wellbeing and Engagement policy

At Beaumaris Secondary College inappropriate use of mobile phones is any use during school hours, unless an exception has been granted, and particularly use of a mobile phone:

  • in any way that disrupts the learning of others
  • to send inappropriate, harassing or threatening messages or phone calls
  • to engage in inappropriate social media use including cyber bullying
  • to capture video or images of people, including students, teachers and members of the school community without their permission
  • to capture video or images in the school toilets, changing rooms, swimming pools and gyms
  • during exams and assessments

 

Exceptions

Exceptions to the policy:

  • may be applied during school hours if certain conditions are met, specifically,
    • Health and wellbeing-related exceptions; and
    • Exceptions related to managing risk when students are offsite.
  • can be granted by the principal, or by the teacher for that class, in accordance with the Department’s Mobile Phones Policy.

 

The three categories of exceptions allowed under the Department’s Mobile Phones Policy are:

 

  1. Learning-related exceptions

Specific exception

Documentation

For specific learning activities (class-based exception)

Unit of work, learning sequence

For students for whom a reasonable adjustment to a learning program is needed because of a disability or learning difficulty

Individual Learning Plan, Individual Education Plan

 

 

  1. Health and wellbeing-related exceptions

Specific exception

Documentation

Students with a health condition

Student Health Support Plan

Students who are Young Carers

A localised student record

 

 

 

  1. Exceptions related to managing risk when students are offsite

Specific exception

Documentation

Travelling to and from excursions

Risk assessment planning documentation

Students on excursions and camps

Risk assessment planning documentation

When students are offsite (not on school grounds) and unsupervised with parental permission

Risk assessment planning documentation

Students with a dual enrolment or who need to undertake intercampus travel

Risk assessment planning documentation

 

Where an exception is granted, the student can only use the mobile phone for the purpose for which it was granted.

 

Camps, excursions and extracurricular activities

Beaumaris Secondary College will provide students and their parents and carers with information about items that can or cannot be brought to camps, excursions, special activities and events, including personal mobile phones.

 

Exclusions

This policy does not apply to

  • Travelling to and from school
  • Students undertaking workplace learning activities, e.g. work experience
  • Students who are undertaking VET

 

Related policies and resources

 

Review period

This policy was last updated in December 2019 and is scheduled for review on December 2022.

 

117/136 Reserve RD Beaumaris, Victoria 3193

(03) 8569 9200

beaumaris.sc@edumail.vic.gov.au