The government has indicated that it will legislate that all schools ban the student use of mobile phones during the school day. This legislation will be in effect from the start of Term 2, this year. The expectation is that schools will do this voluntarily from the beginning of the 2024 school year, rather than wait for the legislation to be enacted.
Therefore, Onehunga High School will be adopting the Ministry of Education recommended approach of “Away for the Day” from the beginning of this school year.
This means that mobile phones either are:
1. not brought to school
2. are switched off and kept in their bags at all times. This is a gate to gate approach - from entering the school grounds in the morning, to exiting the school grounds at the end of the school day.
In circumstances where a staff member considers that a student has breached these new mobile phone rules, the result will be the confiscation of the phone for the rest of the school day. The phone will be able to be retrieved by the student at the end of the school day and the breach will be recorded. A second breach and confiscation will require a parent to retrieve the phone from the school office.
We understand that some parents like their children to have a phone to communicate with them. If a parent needs to contact their child urgently during the school day, they should call the school office or contact their child through their school email address.
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