Where a pupil brings a mobile device (e.g. phone, watch, tablet etc) to school, the device must be kept out of sight, switched off during the school day and may not be used, for any purpose on school premises, grounds or during off-site school activities (such as school swimming or sports activities). The only exception to this is an emergency with the approval of a teacher.
Pupils who ignore this policy and use a mobile device on school premises without permission will be required to hand over their device to a member of staff and it will be returned when the pupil is going home. On the third occasion that a pupil’s device is taken the parents will be contacted to come and collect it.
If a teacher has any suspicion that a mobile device has unsuitable material stored on it, pupils will be required to hand it over to a teacher and parents will be asked to collect it from the school.
Where there is a suspicion that the material on the mobile device may provide evidence relating to a criminal offence, the device will be handed over the Gardaí for further investigation. Parents will be informed in such circumstances.
The school will incorporate this policy in the school’s discipline policy and will treat breaches as they
would treat any other breach of school discipline.
The school accepts no responsibility for replacing lost, stolen or damaged mobile devices. The safety and security of mobile devices is wholly a matter for pupils/parents.
The school accepts no responsibility for pupils who lose or have their mobile devices stolen while travelling to and from school.
Pupils should mark their mobile devices clearly with their name.
Mobile devices which are found in the school and whose owner cannot be located should be handed to 00000000a member of staff.
It is strongly advised that pupils use passwords/pin numbers to ensure that unauthorised phone calls cannot be made on their devices (e.g. by other pupils or if stolen). Pupils must keep their passwords/pin numbers confidential. Mobile devices and/or passwords should not be shared.
Pupils using mobile devices to bully other pupils or send offensive messages/calls will face disciplinary actions as per the School Code of Behaviour.
It should be noted that it is a criminal offence to use a mobile device to menace, harass or offend
another person. As such, if action is sanctioned by the School in this regard is deemed ineffective, as
with all such incidents, the school may consider it appropriate to involve the Gardaí.