Mobile phones to be banned in all WA public schools
“Additionally, while it is recognised that cyber bullying mainly occurs outside school time, banning the use of mobile phones will reduce external issues being brought into a school via technology.”
Once schools start back in 2020, the state government will execute the mobile phone ban for students from the time they arrive at school until the end of the school day – including before school and at break times.
The ban restricts the use of mobile phones, smart watches, earbuds, tablets and headphones unless students are under the instruction of a staff member.
Students from kindergarten to Year 6 will not be permitted to have mobile phones in their possession during the school day.
Additionally, under the new policy, smart watches must be set to airplane mode.
Exemptions to the policy will be made for students with special circumstances.
These instances are where a student needs to monitor a health condition; when under the direct instruction of a teacher for educational purposes or with teacher permission for a specified purpose.
Parents will be contacted with information on the policy, including an instruction to contact their school’s administration, should they need to get in touch with their child during school hours.