Dear Parents of The SEED School of Washington, D.C.
I’m writing today to share the exciting news that SEED PCS will be using a system called “Yondr” this year to improve teaching and learning by making our school a phone-free zone.
We understand that cellphones have great utility, but cellphone use has increasingly become a source of distraction, anti-social behavior and conflict both at home and at school.
"ccording to a survey and report from Common Sense Media that involved 1,240 interviews with parents and their 12- to 18-year-old children, 50 percent of teens feel addicted to their mobile devices, and 59 percent of their parents agree that their kids have a problem putting their devices down." - US News & World Report, 2016
Additionally, more and more studies are showing the ways cellphones interfere with a student’s academic success. Just last year (2017), the University of Chicago concluded that “the mere presence of cellphones reduces available cognitive capacity.”
The SEED PCS cellphone policy states that cellphones are to be kept out of sight in the school building. However, at our school, inappropriate cellphone use is the number one discipline issue. It takes away student learning time and damages both peer relationships and student/staff relationships.
The way Yondr works is simple. When students arrive at school, they will place their phones in an assigned Yondr phone case. The case locks and the student keeps their case with them. Students maintain possession of their phones throughout the day, but they will not be able to use them until they are unlocked at the end of the day. (This process is pictured on the next page.)
In an effort to best serve your child, we are asking for your support in the adoption of Yondr to teach our students responsible phone use while at school. Yondr is already used by hundreds of middle and high schools, corporations and artists across the world to improve focus, production and the overall human experience of its users.
We want to assure families that you can reach your student as you have in the past, by calling the front desk at 202-248-7773. We recommend adding this number to your contact list for easy access.
Thank you for supporting our school and our students as we go forward with this change.
We will hold information meetings for parents Thursday, June 28 at 8:00am, and Friday, June 29th at 12:00pm. More information will also be available during August parent meetings.
Rashida K. Holman-Jones, MSA
Director of Family and Community Engagement | The SEED Public Charter School of Washington, D.C.
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