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A Message from Principal Pendleton

RE: Student Cell Phone Use

Dear Wildcat Families.

At Somerset Lone Mountain we promote students’ academic success and safety by prohibiting the use of student phones during school hours. There’s no doubt that smartphones have remarkable capabilities which, in theory, could promote student learning. But the truth is that kids — in spite of the best efforts of parents and teachers — use their phones primarily to access digital amusements and social media which can have a negative impact on academic productivity through distraction.

Understandably, some may believe that children’s safety is improved if parents and children can reach one another by phone during the school day. However, in order to get a message from their parents, students must constantly monitor their phones, even during class. This constant phone and online use is now recognized as posing risks for children. Why? Because research is revealing that kids who spend more time online are more likely to be involved in cyberbullying than kids who spend less.

I see the benefits of our No Cell Phones During School policy when I see our students in face to face conversations during lunch and in full attention during class. I am reminded of the disadvantages of permitting cell phone use during school when the policy is violated and a student is distracted from their learning, or worse, hurt by unkind or inappropriate cell phone activity.

We discourage students from bringing cell phones to school, however, if you require your child to carry a cell phone, please remind your child to keep their cell phone packed away safely and out of sight during the instructional hours, including lunch and recess. Our kids are truly doing a GREAT job with this policy, however we are noticing that parents are texting their child(ren) during school hours, thus placing their child(ren) in an uncomfortable position. Parents, please call the office if you have an emergency message that must reach your child. Otherwise, it can wait. The focus of our students is on learning.

It is always my aim to provide each and every one of our students a safe and positive learning environment in which each individual can thrive. Thank you for your support of our cell phone policy and for partnering with the staff of Lone Mountain to do all that we can to protect instructional time and to protect the emotional health of our Wildcat students.

Mrs. Pendleton