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P.S. 165Q
The Edith K. Bergtraum Elementary School
70-35 150 Street
Flushing, NY   11367
(718) 263-4004   FAX (718) 793-981

Tiffany L. Davis-Nealy Principal

Andrea Luongo, Assistant Principal

Marianna Werth, Assistant Princpal, I.A.                                       

March 2, 2015

Dear Parents/Guardians of Our PS 165Q Students,

The Department of Education (DOE) has a new policy for the use of cell phones and other electronic devices in school.  At PS 165Q, we honor the DOE’s suggestions and as a School Leadership Team, we have decided what would be in the best interest of the students in our Pre-k to Grade 5 school.

We recognize technology has become integral in our everyday world.  Students have access to laptops and iPads in our school.  Starting March 2, 2015, the following policy will be in effect at PS 165Q.

Cell phones, personal laptops, tablets, iPads, and other computer devices (“computing devices”), portable music, entertainment and other electronic devices are subject to the restrictions below:

  • Cell phones may not be turned on or used while on school property.
  • Cell phones must be carried in a secure compartment in a student’s backpack.  Backpacks will remain in the student’s classroom closet throughout the day.  These closets are never locked.  Cell phones must be powered off until the student is off school property at the end of the day. 
  • Personal computing devices and other portable music, entertainment and other electronic devices may not be turned on or used while on school property.
  • Personal computing devices and other portable music, entertainment and other electronic devices must be carried in a secure compartment in a student’s backpack.  Backpacks will remain in the student’s classroom closet throughout the day.  These closets are never locked.  The devices must be powered off until the student is off school property at the end of the day.
  • Teachers may have separate and individual classroom policies for their students.  These teachers will have a published policy, which has been approved by Principal DeMillio, allowing flexibility for the students in his/her class.
  • Allowing a child to bring a cell phone to school is a personal family decision and it is not the responsibility of the school or school staff if a cell phone is lost, damaged or stolen.
  • Allowing a child to bring any other device, indicated above, to school is a personal family decision and it is not the responsibility of the school or school staff if any of the devices, indicated above, are lost, damaged or stolen.
  • If a child violates the above policy, it will result in confiscation of the electronic device. The parent/ guardian will be contacted and the device will be returned by an administrator, and only to a parent/ guardian.

 

Please return the tear-off portion of this letter to your child’s teacher by Friday, March 13.  Thank you for your cooperation as we encourage high student achievement in our structured, supportive environment. 

Sincerely,

Raquel DeMillio

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I have read the new PS 165Q electronic device policy.  I understand the school or school staff is not responsible for loss, damage or theft of any personal electronic device my child may bring to school.

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