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Posted on March 13, 2015 2:13 am
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tubyzy
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Cell Phone Problems
You and your school have very strict rules about students not using cell phones in class. The first offense is a warning, and the second is an administrative referral. Mary is obsessed with using her phone and you have warned her and written her up several times. When you contact the parent about these instances, she informs you that she's sorry but she is the one texting her daughter. She said that is is always important and she would prefer if you stop writing her up since she is taking the blame. You are very confused because you do not want other students to see Mary using her phone and think it is ok for them to use thier phones as well. How would you handle this situation?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted March 13, 2015 4:27 am

zygudy
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In this situation, make sure you have informed the parent of your and the school's policy. Inform the parent that the student will continue to receive referrals for this if she continues to use the phone during class, per classroom/school policy. If your school allows this, the parent may be able to call the office to relay a message to the student, if there is something important the parent must tell the student. Also, inform your administration and guidance counselor about what the mother has said. They may be able to offer more suggestions per your school's policy.
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eTypaX
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I agree that the rule should still stand for that child and if the mother needs to get a message to her daughter then it should go through the front office.
  Posted on: March 14, 2015 7:36 pm

ymuXyg
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Yes, rules are rules and the mother needs to understand this. Great solution.
  Posted on: October 18, 2015 5:56 pm

uBuDap
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I agree - if it's important enough, you can call the office.
  Posted on: October 12, 2016 12:53 am

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Solution 2
Posted March 15, 2015 2:45 pm

eRuPeT
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Our students are allowed the last 5 minutes in class to use their phones, and then at break and lunch. Maybe talk to mom about this, and tell her that during instruction her child cannot have her phone out, but she can check any messages the last 5 minutes of class. This would seem like a happy compromise to me.
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Solution 3
Posted March 16, 2015 2:08 am

J SJ
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I would ask this parent to contact you instead of the student. If the rule is no cell phone use, then that rule needs to be followed. If there is a transportation issue or a true emergency, then the student will receive the information from you. Let the parent know that after school, she can text her daughter all she wants, just not during school.
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meXyHy
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If I were in this situation, I would take this approach to solve the problem.
  Posted on: October 15, 2015 9:55 pm

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Solution 4
Posted March 16, 2015 2:26 am

equLyV
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Let the parent know that their child is not receiving instruction effectively because they are distracted by the constant text messaging of their parents and if could negatively affect their grade. Also, I would not feel sorry for a parent who feels that texting their child during the school day is appropriate. I would still give the child a referral for each time that parent communicates with their child during the school day. Once the child gets enough referrals for phone usage, I think the parent will stop texting their child.
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Solution 5
Posted October 2, 2015 6:55 pm

neHaGy
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If Mary's mother really needs to talk to her then she should go through the front desk. letting Mary use her phone in class shows the other students that they could use theirs and can just say that they are texting their parents as well.
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Solution 6
Posted October 4, 2015 11:31 pm

eDuMez
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I would conference with the parent, student, and principal seeing that the parent does not agree with the phone policy. Explain that you're sorry, but you will have to abide by the school rules and enforce them. If the parent has any questions she can ask you or the principal during the conference.
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Solution 7
Posted March 9, 2016 11:23 pm

aZyLeq
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I would inform the administration of the issue. If nothing was changed I would have a talk with the child. If the child too did not see anything wrong with the issue then I would continue writing her up. Once the child was suspended or removed then upper administration would have be get involved and be more serious about the issue.
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Solution 8
Posted March 14, 2015 8:45 pm

Xunezu
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One thing you could do is lead an initiative that encourages your school to reconsider its policies. In today's times, cell phones are used frequently by everyone, and parents often need to communicate with their children throughout the day. For example, in the system where I work, a new policy has just been put in place. During class time, students leave their cell phones face down in the upper right hand corner of their desks. The teacher lets students know when their use is acceptable, and then the students are allowed to pick up their phones. Students are also allowed to listen to music, text, or make phone calls between classes, fully understanding that they will accept the consequences if they are late to their next class. They must only have a headphone in one ear so they can hear what is going on around them as they move from place to place, and headphones are not allowed inside the classroom when instruction is taking place.
Allowing students to use their cell phones while at school would definitely curb the amount of office referrals that take place!
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nick morse
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if this was an issue in my classroom i would offer an alternate option to either be excused so it doesnt distract the other students or give my number to the parent and contact me and i can relay the information to the student
  Posted on: March 7, 2016 2:37 am

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Solution 9
Posted July 10, 2016 7:42 pm

juWuPe
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I would ask her for a conference with the principal and yourself.
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Solution 10
Posted July 11, 2016 3:15 am

yGapeW
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Ii would set up a bin for Mary to put her phone in in the beginning of class. Also, express to the parent that her child can text her before and after class, but not during. Also let administration know the child and parents response.
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Solution 11
Posted March 3, 2018 3:45 pm

Chelsea Navarro
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I would explain to the parent the rules and policies of the school. If the parent feels they need to speak with administration to receive some sort of accommodation for this, then they can. But, until that is done it is your responsibility as a teacher to have the students place their cellphones in the cellphone box in the front of the classroom until the period is over.
The parent can bring her requests, wishes, whatever up with administration, but you are doing your job by not allowing cellphone use within the classroom. If you allow one student, you must allow them all.
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