As parents of Moorpark Unified School District students, we propose that the district and each of its schools adopt a clear, consistent, and enforceable policy for personal electronic devices.
We ask that the policy be consistent district-wide so students will know what to expect as they move from elementary school to middle school to high school, and from classroom to classroom within each school. We propose that the elementary schools and the middle schools maintain and enforce their current policy which explains that the school, “prohibits the use of or display of cell phones while on campus. Cell phones are to be off and out of sight while on campus. Cell phones are not to be carried in clothing pockets.” At Moorpark High School, we propose that a policy be made where personal electronic devices would be prohibited to be used or displayed during classroom time. High school students would be allowed to display and use their personal electronic devices only before the first bell, during passing periods, during lunch, and after the final bell.
We ask that the school provide electronic devices for the classroom if the teacher requires students to use them for instruction. The current district and high school policies allow personal electronic devices in the classroom for “valid instructional purposes” or “if given permission by the teacher” respectively. These exceptions result in the frequent, widespread, and unchecked use of personal electronic devices in the classroom which interferes with all MUSD students’ right to an appropriate education. If a teacher requires electronic devices for a class or lesson, the devices should be provided by the school.
We ask that the policy give the responsibility of discipline to the schools’ administration, and protect teachers from personal liability for loss or damage to devices. Students will be less likely to use their devices inappropriately and teachers will be more likely to notify administration that there is a problem if the administration consistently enforces consequences.
We ask that the policy include a mandatory technology agreement that every parent and student will sign at the beginning of each school year. If parents and students are aware of the policy from day one, there will be no confusion as to what is acceptable and expected. Every student, parent, teacher, and administrator at each school will be on the same page.
Please sign if you are in support of a distraction-free education in Moorpark Unified School District.
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