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Secondary Cell Phone Usage
Posted 11/22/22

Parents of Secondary Students:


I wanted to take an opportunity to bring up the use of cell phones in our secondary building.


At the Junior High Level (7th & 8th grade) North Tama’s policy is that students are not to have their cell phones during the day. This means from 8:15 - 3:25, their phones should be secured in their lockers: not in their pockets, backpacks, or with their school materials. If a student is found to be in possession of their cell phone, they are to take it to the office where it is kept for the rest of the day, and they can pick it up after school. On a trial basis, we are allowing students to have their phones during lunch. 


At the High School Level (9th-12th grade) North Tama’s current policy is that students can be on their cell phones during passing time and lunch. On a trial basis, our staff will be implementing a new rule as well: Except as permitted by the classroom teacher, all such devices must be turned off/silent and in a locker, backpack, pocket, or similar enclosure during class time.


With this new rule on a trial basis, our goal is to allow teachers the flexibility needed to fit their classroom and teaching style. This is a very similar policy among schools across the state. Some teachers may allow students to use their cell phones to take a picture of notes, an interesting science experiment, or other educational purposes. Other teachers may not allow students to have their cell phones at any time during class. This is the teachers discretion with how they will manage their classroom. Our teachers will post their rules and expectations clearly in their classrooms and go over their expectations with students. 


Technology and cell phones have become an integral part of our life. Teaching students appropriate times to be on their phones, and when it is not appropriate, is a life skill that will translate for our students when they graduate from North Tama. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me by phone or email.



Taylor Howard