29 January 2020 Kevin Elgood   | News | Whole School  
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Homebush Boys High School is a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) School. All students are required to bring their devices charged and ready for use every day. The primary purpose is to assist the teaching and learning of our students and better prepare them for the paperless workplace and society of the twenty first century, into which they will enter upon leaving school. Other reasons are the economic savings, allowing funds to be diverted to better use, and environmental sustainability. Further information on device requirements is available in the BYOD Policy, available on the school website (http://tinyurl.com/hbhsbyod).

Following extensive community consultation, mobile phones and other non-educational electronic devices will be banned from the beginning of 2020 within the school premises, this includes classrooms, playgrounds and corridors. Prior to entering the school grounds all Mobile Phones and Non-Educational Electronic devices must be switched off and out of sight. This includes all wired and wireless headphones and speakers. The purpose is to prevent disruption to learning, protect student privacy, avoid issues of cyber bullying and promote healthy patterns of use.

There will be zero tolerance for breaches of the policy in regard to the use of mobile phones and non-educational devices. The consequences will be:

  • Device seen or heard: it will be confiscated and can be collected at the Front Office at the end of the day.
  • Repeated offence: device confiscated and released only to parent or guardian. Further action, which may include Pre-Suspension warning.
  • Failure to comply: referral to Deputy Principal for further action, which may include suspension.

If parents need to contact a student due to an emergency this should be done by contracting the school on (02) 97643611. If there is an emergency with a student, the school will notify the parent/carer.

Students are responsible for the devices they bring and use at Homebush Boys High School. The School is not liable for personal devices that are broken, lost or stolen while travelling to or from school, within the school, during sport or during school-sponsored activities.

Please refer to the Technology Policy page for further details.

Thank you for the ongoing support, as we work together to achieve the best educational outcomes for our students.