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Device Policy at Westheights

At Westheights Public School, we believe that technology can be a powerful tool to support and enhance learning and to enable students to learn to think critically as responsible citizens in the global community. We believe that it is our role as educators in the 21st century to teach our students to be responsible users of technology and demonstrate good digital citizenship.  One of our goals is to encourage and guide our students to realize the impact and benefits of personal devices, such as iPods, iPads, laptops and cell phones that have access to the internet, in an educational setting.  The use of personal devices (BYOD) in classrooms will be carefully planned, guided, and supported by teachers.  An important component of BYOD will be education about appropriate online behaviours and compliance with all class and school rules while using personal devices.  Students using wireless devices are expected to follow the guidelines in the WRDSB Code of Digital Conduct and the WRDSB Responsible Use Policy.   This policy does NOT permit students to bring devices to school all the time and to use them freely.

The use of personal devices in the classroom is at the discretion of individual teachers.  Teachers may choose to invite students to either,  bring devices to class, power them off and place them on their desk, or leave them in their locker. The use of personal devices by students is always optional, and students who do not participate will have access to school-supplied computers and wireless devices when needed.

Devices may NOT be used:

  • During the outside portion of nutrition break
  • In hallways during break times and transitions
  • For cell phone use, texting, social networking, instant messaging and personal email during class
  • To cheat or plagiarize
  • To bully or harass others
  • To take photos in private areas such as washrooms, change rooms, etc.
  • To connect to the school network to broadcast or share private access
  • To sync a personal device to a school computer

Please note: The use of camera functions on devices to capture images of any individual is strictly forbidden at school unless as part of a teacher-directed assignment.  Please be aware that taking photos in private areas (e.g., washrooms, change rooms) at any time violates Criminal Code & Privacy legislation and may be subject to internal and external disciplinary consequences.

Personal devices not used in accordance with this BYOD Policy will be confiscated and stored in the office, to be picked up at the end of the day.  A parent/guardian will be contacted to pick up the device if a student has had his/her device taken away for a second time.

Headphones and earbuds

Students are encouraged to bring personal headphones and earbuds for classroom use.  Using headphones and earbuds are not necessary within the hallways for personal use outside of class time.  Students using headphones and earbuds in the halls will need to store them at the office for the remainder of the day. A parent/guardian will be contacted to pick up the headphones or earbuds if a student has had them taken away for a second time.

 

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Dress Code at Westheights

Westheights is a learning environment and workplace for every member of our community of learners – staff, students, parents, and visitors. We expect all members to dress in a manner appropriate for this environment:

1) Clothing must cover the area between armpit and thigh.  All tops must have a minimum of two straps.

2) Undergarments should not be visible

3) Clothing may not display suggestive or offensive messages (rude sayings, drug or alcohol-related slogans or symbols, etc.)

4) Hats may not be worn in class or in hallways during class time

 

If a member’s mode of dress does not meet expectations, they will be asked to change into different clothing to meet expectations.

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Severe Weather
For up-to-date information on school bus delays, cancellations and school closures, please visit the Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region website (transportation.stswr.ca).

To contact Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region directly, phone 519 650 4934.

Information about student transportation cancellations or school closings due to severe weather is also available through the following media outlets:
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•KOOL FM 105.3
•CKGL AM 570
•CHYM FM 96.7
•DAVE FM 107.5
•CJOY “Magic” FM 106.1
•CKWR FM 98.5
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