By Tian-Tian He
Wait… We can use our Phones in School now? Most of us are already aware of JMM’s new electronics policy because we are gladly using it to our advantage. Many students are now seen texting as they eat lunch or walk down the hallways towards their next class. This also raises many questions regarding the new rule – such as:
Does this mean I get to use my phone/electronics in class?
What happens if my phone/electronics gets lost and/or stolen at school?
Can I use my phone/electronics however I want now?
In my experience, the answers have yet to be clarified on a large scale. Thus, this month’s issue of the Sword and Shield is offering some explanation. First of all, phones and other personal devices should still be off and away in class. Unless given special permission by your teacher, you shouldn’t be using them in class because it still counts as a distraction to the learning of others. If you’re caught using your phone and/or electronic device in class without teacher permission, it will be taken away. In addition to being forbidden in classrooms, phones and other personal devices are not allowed in other academic settings such as the LMC, Neighborhood Offices, or Resource Areas (Like the Tutoring Center or Literacy Center).
Next, according to Principal Dahmen, “Personal devices are NOT managed or supported by Madison Memorial or MMSD and are the sole responsibility of the student that brings them to school.” Therefore, even though you’re now allowed to use personal devices at school, you should still be careful not to misplace them. If your phone, iPod, gaming console, or other electronic device gets lost or stolen at school, it’s not the school district’s obligation to help you retrieve it.
Finally, it is the Memorial Way to be respectful of others, including with your electronics usage. Don’t use your phones and other electronics to hurt other students. Filming should only be done with the permission of those being filmed. Be aware that the freedom to use your phone, Ipod, gaming devices, and other electronics in the hallway and during lunch is more of a privilege than a rule.
Tian-Tian He (’15) is a senior and frequent contributor to The Sword & Shield.