Cell Phone and Personal Electronic Device PolicyThe Ministry of Education mandated that changes be made to board and school Codes of Conduct specific to student use of cell phones. School boards were required to have these changes in place by November 4th, 2019. The mandate is as follows:
All members of the school community must:
- Respect the need of others to work in an environment that is conducive to learning and teaching, including ensuring that cell phones and other personal mobile devices are used only during instructional time (as directed by an educator), for health and medical purposes and/or to support special education needs.
At Winchester, cell Phones and personal electronic devices (e.g. tablets, gaming devices) must be turned off before entering school property and placed in student lockers or backpacks for the day upon entry into the building. Devices may be removed from student lockers at lunch ONLY if the child is leaving school property but must be left off and out of sight, until the student is off of school grounds.