Maunu School: Bring Your Own Device  (BYOD)  / Phone / Smartwatch Policy

At Maunu School students have access to shared iPads in Years 1 – 4 and shared Chromebooks in Years 5 & 6. 

We encourage any student who would like to bring their own personal device to school to support their learning. BYOD Poster 2021

We are happy to set up their device on the school BYOD wi-fi network and support students with recommended Apps.

Students wishing to BYOD to school complete a BYOD Agreement 2021. The BYOD Agreement is signed by a parent and the student before the device comes to school.

If you would like further support or have questions about BYOD at Maunu School please direct them to Claire Turton, Deputy Principal,  claire@maunu.school.nz

Phone & Smartwatch Policy

We understand that an increased number of students are bringing phones or smartwatches to school for communication and safety reasons. We respect the wishes of parents choosing this option and have a procedure in place to ensure phones or smartwatches are not a distraction to your child’s learning or cyber safety concern. Before a child brings a phone or smartwatch to school they must return a signed Phone _ Smartwatch Agreement 2021 to the Office.

The school does not permit mobile phones or smartwatches to be used or visible on our grounds from 8:00am – 3:30pm. (This includes school trips or camps)

We do acknowledge that some students wear smartwatches. The school currently permits these to be worn for the functionality of telling the time, however, accessing digital content remains prohibited during school hours and if a child is deemed to break this agreement they may lose the privilege of bringing their Smartwatch to school, and the school’s behaviour management plan may be invoked.

If your child does bring a phone to school,  it should be placed in the lockable space in the classroom during the school day. At the end of the day, the phone or smartwatch can be accessed to check for messages or calls. If a child needs to return a message or a call it can be done so inside the classroom at the end of the day and then the phone should be placed safely into their bag. If such items are brought to school they are brought at your own risk and insured through your own home and contents policy.

Keeping Ourselves Safe Programme

Teaching work with their children each year to create a Digital Treaty. This is an opportunity for students to revise the rules and ensure they know how to keep themselves safe. 

Students also complete the Keeping Ourselves Programme biannually. An Education Police Liasion Officer works with each syndicate to support the teaching and learning. This is next scheduled for Term 3 2021.

Life Education Trust works in the school each year with the Juniors and Middles and biannually with the Senior Syndicate. Part of this programme addresses Digital Safety.

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