“But it is impossible to enjoy a tennis game, a book, or a conversation unless attention is fully concentrated on the activity.” Mihaly Csikszetmihalyi
Aloha High School Cell Phone Policy
As a school community, we are deeply committed to learning. Fundamental to student and staff learning is the integrity of classroom instruction. In an effort to promote smart and appropriate use of technology, our cell phone policy will allow students to use their phones during designated times throughout the day. Students are permitted to use cell phones during:
- passing times
- before and after school
Teachers are also encouraged to design lessons where the use of cell phones is relevant to the course curriculum. Teachers will notify students when this type of use is authorized.
Teachers may direct students to use a cell phone during instructional time. Otherwise, cell phones must be turned off or placed on silent and put away prior to the beginning of teaching. Headphones may not be visible during instructional time. Also, phones may not be used outside the classroom during instructional time. For example, using cell phones while walking to any other location outside of the classroom is not permitted.
Additionally, when a cell phone is in use for academic purposes, students WILL NOT:
- Answer an incoming text message or phone call
- Be on any social media site (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.)
- Access or play any game or access any entertainment site on their device
- Access or use any application (app) on their device unless expressly instructed to by the instructor
- Take any picture or video that the instructor has not expressly asked you to take
- Upload any picture or video taken in any class to any social media site or website
- Text message or email any picture or video taken in class to any person, including themselves
- Access any type of mobile web browsing for any reason unless directed by the instructor
- Take any picture, video or text any class assignments or assessments without permission
Note: Due to the evolving nature of emerging technologies, additional rules and regulations may be added throughout the school year.
Phones that are used, or are visible, will be confiscated by the classroom teacher/staff member and turned into the main office.
- 1st offense – Cell phone confiscated and a letter explaining process is given to the student. Parent/guardian may pick-up the cell phone in main office.
- 2nd offense – Cell phone confiscated and parent/guardian may pick-up in main office / 3 days detention (lunch or after school) and a Reading Sample related to technology misuse is assigned to the student. If this is the 2nd offense in the same class, a teacher phone call home will occur.
- 3rd offense – Cell phone confiscated and parent/guardian may pick-up in main office / 1 day In-School Suspension.
Any additional offenses will result in a parent-conference with an Aloha High School Administrator.
Dress and Grooming Policy at Aloha
Dress and grooming are primary responsibilities of students and parents/guardians. However, students may be directed to change dress or grooming if it interferes with the learning process or school climate, is unclean, or threatens the health and safety of the student or others. Clothing, jewelry, or working/graphics on clothing or on the person (e.g. tattoos) that is equally suggestive, drug or alcohol-related, vulgar, which depicts violence, insulting, gang membership related, or ridicules a particular person or group may be prohibited.
Permitted Dress and Grooming
- Adequate coverage of the body is required, including shirt with pants or skirt, the equivalent, and shoes.
- Shirts and dresses must have fabric in the front and on the sides.
- Clothing must cover undergarments, waistbands and bra straps excluded.
- Fabric covering private parts must not be transparent.
- Hats and other headwear must allow the face to be visible and not interfere with visibility to any student or staff. Hoodies must allow the student’s face and ears to be visible to staff.
- Special courses may require special attire, such as sports uniforms or safety gear.
Not Permitted Dress and Grooming (including bags, backpacks, and jewelry)
- May not depict, advertise or advocate the use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana or other controlled substances.
- May not depict pornography, nudity, or be sexually suggestive or vulgar.
- May not use or depict hate speech targeting groups based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation or any other protected groups.
- May not represent gangs, be gang-related, or indicate gang affiliation.
- Must not threaten the health or safety of any student or staff.
- Must not disrupt the educational process.