New DOE Cell Phone Policy

UNHS Cell Phone Policy:

  • UNHS students are now allowed to bring cell phones to school. 
  • However, students may use phones only in the lobby and cafeteria before 8:15 A.M., in the cafeteria during lunch, and after dismissal at 2:40 P.M.
  • If a student is seen using a cell phone at any other time during the school day, the phone will be confiscated and a parent will have to come to the school to pick it up.
  • Cell phone use of any kind is not permitted in the classroom, unless the student has been given special permission by a teacher or administrator.
  •  It is important that students are not distracted by constant messages or phone calls so that they can focus completely on instruction. Therefore, please refrain from calling or texting your child while (s)he is in class.
  • If there is an emergency, please call the main office at (212) 962-4341 and your child will be given the message and call you if necessary. 
  • If you are concerned that your child’s phone can be stolen or that (s)he will be distracted by having it during the school day, please advise him/her to deposit the phone with the parent coordinator in the morning and pick it up after school.
  • In case of emergency, students are always allowed to use school phones in the main office.

All schools / Deadline: October 31, 2015

In accordance with Chancellor’s Regulation A-413, NYC DOE schools are required to provide written notification of the regulation and your school’s cell phone policy to your staff, students, and their parents by October 31. You are also required to conduct an annual orientation on your school’s cell phone policy for your staff and students and to post a notice of your policy on your school’s public website by October 31. Please note that the legal deadline set forth in the regulation falls on a Saturday; for planning purposes, you should aim to complete these tasks by October 30. In addition, note that your school’s cell phone policy must be included in your school’s Consolidated Youth Development Plan, which is due on October 30.