Cell Phones in the Writing Center

The policy governing the use of cell phones in the Writing Center remains largely unchanged. Students can

  • retrieve information necessary for their work (notes, passwords, pictures, etc.);
  • use their phone for any technology-driven, teacher-directed exercise;
  • take a call or text from a family member when expecting news of a familial situation/emergency (but not to let Mom know what she should get at the store);
  • listen to their music—as permitted by their teacher; and 
  • text between 8:00 a.m. – 8:25 a.m. and 3:35 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Students cannot use their cell phones to call, text, photograph, or play games once in the Writing Center during the regular school day, whether they are here on their own or with a class. And, of course, it is the classroom teacher who decides if music is to be allowed in the first place. This has been standard practice here in the Writing Center and, we assume, most classrooms. 

If a staff member observes a student texting or playing games on a cell phone, the staff member may confiscate the phone and turn it into the main office. That is school policy. The student's parent or guardian can claim the phone after school that day.