Updated Cell Phone Policy

Hello Abigail Adams Community!

Below is the updated PS 131Q – Abigail Adams Cell Phone Policy.


  • Students are permitted to bring cell phones to school under certain specific conditions.
  • The cell phone must remain off and placed in students back packs.
  • If parents must communicate with their children during the school day, they must contact the school (Administrative Team) to allow the children to have access to their cell phone during the day. The cell phone may be checked during the student lunch period.
  • If the school is notified of an emergency situation, the Administrative Team may also allow the children to have the phone on during the course of the day for open communication as well. The school must approve this. The parents will then be allowed to text their children. The parents are also allowed to call the office as needed for further communication.
  • The cell phones may not be turned on during fire drills or other emergency preparedness exercises.
  • Cell phones cannot be used during the administration of any school quiz, test or examination.
  • On the days of the State Wide Math and E.L.A. Exams, the cell phones will be collected by their classroom teachers and returned after the test. It is highly recommended that cell phones be kept home on those dates.
  • Cell phones may not be used in bathrooms.
  • Parents will be asked to use discretion on the information given to their children during the school day.
  • Students who violate the school ‘s cell phone policy will be subject to discipline in accordance to the D.O.E. and school policy. For the first offense, the principal/designee will confiscate the cell phone and contact the parents. The phone will then be returned to the parents/ legal guardians.
  • Students, who have multiple offenses, will have their phone confiscated. Their parents will be contacted and their phones will not be returned until the end of the school year. The phones will be returned to their parents/ legal guardians.
  • The school must post a notice of its policy on the school’s website.
  • The Chancellor may waive portions or all of the regulation if the Chancellor determines it to be the best interests of the school system.
  • Our school assumes no responsibility for cell phones that are lost, stolen or damaged.

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