“Adventure is worthwhile in itself.”– Amelia Earhart

Kelley Smith



CM 177

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Cell Phone Policy :

Not Seen - Not Heard - Not Taken

I believe technology is a tool that can enhance student learning. However, because of the nature of our current cell phone-reliant society, smart phones have become more of a distraction that hinders student focus and comprehension. Therefore, students will only be allowed to use their cell phones for specific and approved purposes. Unless I have specified otherwise, phones should be turned off or on silent (which includes no vibrating) during class time. They may not have them in their pockets, in their laps, or on their desks. We will follow the Alvin High School phone policy: NOT SEEN, NOT HEARD, NOT TAKEN. This policy also means that you will not be able to reach your student by cell phone when he/ she is in my classroom. If you have an emergency, please call the front office at 281-245-3000, and they will connect you with my classroom phone or send a note to your student. If there is an extenuating circumstance, students should speak to me at the beginning of class. I have two children, one of whom is in college and the other is in the Coast Guard. I understand our need to feel connected. (Extenuating circumstances may include such things as an immediate family member in the hospital but does not include events such as picking up someone early for an orthodontist appointments. Our attendance office can reach us anytime necessary.) If there is some kind of emergency on campus such as a fire alarm or non-scheduled lockdown, students will be allowed to have their phones. Students who do not comply will have their devices taken away for the class period. Repeat offenders’ devices will be turned into the front office.

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