Technology Policy

Technology is evident in every aspect of our lives.  Although we as educators see this as a positive and effective tool in learning, it can also have a potentially dangerous effect on the lives of our students. The use of handheld electronic devices and the incidents of cyber bullying, cheating, texting, and participating in violent video games have grown tremendously in the past year. This aspect of technology greatly concerns us as educators in the 21st century.

We certainly support the use and development of technology as an appropriate educational tool.  We want technology to be an integral part of our students’ education, but more importantly, we want them to have a “good and solid” education.  This education includes learning how to get along with others as well as creating and establishing friendships and respecting differences.  Becoming well-rounded and having appropriate socialization skills are essential to our students’ success and development in high school and in life.

With all these concerns in mind, all student owned electronic devices must be turned off and secured in the student's schoolbag prior to entering the building.  This includes ALL cell phones and ALL handheld electronic devices.

Consequences for displaying or having a device activated in school are:

  1. The device will be confiscated.
  2. The child will receive a possible one day in school suspension.
  3. The device will be held for one week and must be reclaimed by the parent.
  4. Students will be prohibited from bringing the device back to school for one month.

This is a difficult and complicated issue.  We know that if we work together we can provide the students with an excellent learning environment as well as solve the challenges we face.  The safety of the children of Our Lady of Mercy School is of utmost concern to the faculty and staff.  We thank you for your cooperation.

All students inn grades 1-8 must submit a Technology Use Agreement prior to accessing the Internet via the Our Lady of Mercy network. New York State Educational law prohibits cell phones and electronic from classrooms where state tests are administered.

Created on 1/17/2011 - Last updated on 1/20/2015
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