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Updated Procedures allow secondary students to bring their own devices
Humble ISD has updated its rules so that middle and high school students can use their own mobile phones, tablets, laptops and other internet-accessing devices at school in certain situations.
Beginning in 2014-2015:
High School – At the high school level, students will have the privilege of using their personal technology devices between classes and in the cafeteria. Previously, students were not allowed to display devices such as mobile phones on campus during the school day. Additionally, high school students will be allowed to use personal technology devices in the classroom for educational purposes when they have express permission from their teacher.
Middle School – At the middle school level, students will be allowed to use personal technology devices under the direction of their teacher as part of an instructional activity. Middle school students will not be allowed to use technology devices during
passing periods or in the cafeteria. Elementary School –There are no changes to procedures.Principals will discuss the new procedures during back-to-school meetings. These meetings will provide details specific to each campus, but key points district-wide include:
- Devices must be kept in silent mode.
- Principals and teachers have the right to prohibit use of personal electronic devices at certain times or during certain activities. Students are subject to school discipline if they do not comply with rules.
- Students accessing the internet must do so through the Humble ISD student wifi.
- Students will not be required to bring devices for activities.
- The district cannot replace or provide financial restitution for any stolen or damaged personal technology device.
Today’s students live in a world where technology is embedded in everything they do. While many young people use technology for entertainment and to socialize, they also will need to know how to use technology appropriately in more formal academic and
professional settings. By permitting students to use personal technology devices, schools help students be better prepared for college and the workforce. Additionally, the new procedures support teachers in their use of apps and internet-based materials that
engage students in curriculum content.