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CELL PHONE EXPECTATIONS:

CELL PHONES ARE AWAY FOR THE DAY!  After conversations with various stakeholders we have made the decision to make Winand Elementary School a cell phone free environment for the 2019-2020 school year. Students are permitted to bring cell phones to school, but the expectation is that cell phones are off and away throughout the day.  Students will not be permitted to carry their cell phones with them or be permitted to use them throughout the school day.  Cell phones have become a tremendous distraction to students’ ability to learn. We are a 1:1 school in grades 3-5 which means that each student will have an assigned device.  The 1:1 program eliminates the need for students to use their cell phone for educational purposes within the school.   School staff can assist students immediately if issues arise.  For emergencies, please contact the main office at 410-887-0763.  Consequences will be enforced if a student violates the cell phone off and away policy.  Consequences will be progressive, and a suspension may be issued in the event the Electronic Device and Cell Phone policy is chronically violated.

 It is our mission to prepare our Winand scholars to be competitive, creative, and innovative problem solvers who have a strong foundation for middle school, high school and subsequently college. We will achieve our goals through a partnership with our families and the school community. As always, the teachers, staff, and administration are available to support you.

 

CELL PHONES OFF AND AWAY DURING THE SCHOOL DAY

 Research supports an "Away for The Day" policy. When students do not have the freedom of accessing their phones during school hours, they are more engaged socially and academically.

 Possible Outcomes of Student Cell Phone Use in School Distractions:  When a child is in school, his or her purpose is to learn. Young people can be easily distracted from their studies - and having easy access to a mobile phone during class can make it easier for them to lose focus and ultimately, decrease their achievement.

 Illicit Pictures:  Given that nearly every cell phone has built-in cameras, it becomes easy to take a picture of someone without the person even noticing. These photos are easily uploaded and shared over the internet, social media, air-dropped, or texted to friends.

 Cyber-bullying:  Along the same lines as distributing illicit pictures, cell phones make it easier to cyberbully, which is when a person uses electronic communication to intimidate, threaten or humiliate a person. Not only can cell phones make it easier for rumors to spread through the school with a simple click of a button, but students can also send mean or hurtful texts to students and post inappropriate pictures of students.  Data from the Cyber-bullying Research in 2016 showed that 33.8% of students have been bullied in their lifetime; 11.9% have been threaten through a cell phone text and 11.1% have had a hurtful image of them posted. In addition, 25.7% have had one or more different types of cyber-bullying done to them. With cell phones readily available in schools, cyber-bullying can become a lot easier to accomplish.

Target for Predators:  Many students use the internet or access social media sites without teacher or parent supervision. These students can be targeted by predators. Predators lurk in chat rooms, on social media sites, and other websites that are of interest to students. With the use of smartphones, it can be hard to monitor a student's online activity.

Harmful Physical Effects:  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has regulations that discourage too much exposure to technology and allowing students to have cell phones in school can increase their screen time during the day. Cell phones give off a low level of non-ionizing radiation for which the long-term effects at low levels are still being studied. However, allowing students to use their cell phones during school adds to their exposure to this radiation, which can in turn have increased harmful effects on the developing bodies and minds of teenagers.

 

The Academic Impact of Cell Phones on Students

 Studies reveal that potential for negative outcomes on academic success:

  • 75% of teachers reported that the attention spans of students has decreased.
  • 10.6% lower test scores among students regularly interrupted by text messages.
  • 62% of college students not using their phones scored higher on multiple choice tests.

 

STUDY TITLE: THE IMPACT OF MOBILE PHONE USAGE ON STUDENT LEARNING

 STUDY TITLE: TEXTING AS A DISTRACTION

STUDY TITLE:  BRAIN DRAIN: THE MERE PRESENCE OF ONE’S SMART PHONE REDUCES AVAILABLE COGNITIVE CAPACITY

 STUDY TITLE: THE ATTENTIONAL COST OF RECEIVING A CELL PHONE NOTIFICATION

STUDY TITLE: NON-ACADEMIC INTERNET USE IN THE CLASSROOM IS NEGATIVELY RELATED TO CLASSROOM LEARNING REGARDLESS OF INTELLECTUAL ABILITY

Debita Basu, Principal

 




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9:20 a.m. - 3:50 p.m.
Doors open 9:20 a.m.

OFFICE HOURS
9:20 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

 MISSION

The mission of Winand Elementary School is to provide a safe, nurturing, and diverse educational program which promotes opportunities for every child to achieve his/her potential, while focusing on their strengths to remediate their weaknesses. In this way, it is our goal to create productive citizens who can successfully interact within society.

VISION

Winand Elementary School students will have the content knowledge, skills, technological abilities and confidence to reach their full potential as responsible, productive, global citizens prepared for the challenges of the 21st century as a result of rigorous and engaging instruction.



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SCHOOL INFORMATION: 

BEFORE & AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS:

PIKESVILLE DISCOVERY 
410-496-1089

ALL-DAY PROGRAM:
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BALTIMORE COUNTY PARKS & RECS.

EC-3/PRE=K Program at 
Winand Elementary Call 
for information.

Woodholme Elementary Pre-k, is housed here at Winand. Please call Woodholme Elementary for enrollment.   

Debita Basu, Principal
                 
Garry Day, Assistant Principal

8301 Scotts Level Road
Pikesville, Maryland 21208
Phone: 
410-887-0763 
Fax: 410-887-0730