2023-24 Middle School Cell Phone Policy

Technology is a part of our world, both at home and school. At Des Moines Public Schools, we are fortunate to have a computer for each student which allows us to address the educational needs of our students.

While we recognize that cell phones are a part of our everyday lives, they are not a necessary requirement to meet curricular outcomes. In fact, cell phones are often a distraction to our students’ ability to engage in their learning. To maintain an optimal learning environment for all students and to ensure safety and limit distractions, we request your support as we curtail the student use of cell phones and other personal devices at DMPS middle schools.

Cell phones may be used before school, after school, or with teacher permission. Cell phones should be kept in the student’s pocket or backpack at all other times.

In the case of a family emergency, the office staff will give your child a message or have them return your call. Health concerns can be addressed using the telephone in the nurse’s office. We expect all students to comply with this policy to support learning and we will do our best to help our children understand the need for this policy. Thank you in advance for your partnership with our middle schools and your continued support to provide a safe and productive learning environment that limits distractions for all students.

Cell Phone and Other Personal Devices General Understanding:

  1. Cell phones, earbuds and other personal devices must remain off and in the student’s pocket, locker, or book bag while in learning spaces.
  2. Students contacting parents: Students will ask teachers before they contact parents when they are ill, upset, or require something. Teachers will assist students in contacting home through the classroom or office phone. Upon request, private space will be provided for students in the office.
  3. Any device will be used responsibly. When usage is inappropriate, there will be consequences such as temporary confiscation of a personal device, communication with parents, or inaccessibility to technology for learning. Digital citizenship is important. “Doing the right thing online” is expected.
  4. All cell phones must be charged at home and ready to go. Care of the devices remains in the hands of the student, and the school takes no responsibility for repair or replacement of personal devices if they are damaged/lost or stolen by the students or while in possession by the school.