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Mobile Phone FAQ

Is my child allowed to bring a mobile phone to school?

Yes. Mobile phones are not banned at Muirfield. We understand that some parents want their child to have a mobile phone for safety. Other families accept that most young people want a mobile to be “connected”. Smart phones can be valuable educational tools.

I am concerned about too much screen time and don’t want my child to have a mobile phone at school?

No problem. Have your child leave their phone at home.

What happens if my child’s phone is lost or damaged at school?

Students bring their phone at their own risk. Students should report a missing, lost or damaged phone but Muirfield will not be responsible for any loss, theft or damage. Parents and students should consider whether their phone requires insurance and whether specific accidental loss and breakage insurance is appropriate for their phone.

Do you have rules about the use of the mobile phones?

Yes, the “Electronic Devices and Internet Usage Charter” includes mobile phones. Use of the phone during class time is only at the discretion of the class teacher. Phones should not be used in any manner or place that is disruptive to learning or the normal routine of the school. Phone calls must not be made or answered during class time. As with any form of communication, students are not to use mobile phones in a manner that is disrespectful or harassing. The school’s behaviour code will apply. Parents and students can report offensive, abusive or threatening communication, such as texts or on social media, to police, social media services or the e-safety commissioner.

Depending on the circumstances, action may include:

  • banning students from using mobile phones during the course of the school day
  • confiscating mobile phones from individual students
  • requiring students to hand in their mobile phones to designated school staff at the beginning of the school day for collection when students go home
  • applying disciplinary actions
  • reporting the matter to the police. 

Are teachers allowed to confiscate my child’s phone or view images on my child’s phone?

Yes. If a student is using a phone in a manner that the teacher believes is inappropriate such as disturbing the lesson, and the student refuses to put the phone away, a Head Teacher or Deputy may confiscate the phone for the remainder of the school day or until a parent picks it up.

If school staff have reasonable grounds to suspect that a student has inappropriate material on his or her phone, they may confiscate the phone for the purpose of confirming the existence of the material. Any viewing of the material is generally undertaken in the presence of the student and is limited to establishing that inappropriate material is on the phone. Staff will be sensitive to other personal information of the student that may also be present on the phone.

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