Cell Phone Policy
Dear Fort Hamilton High School Community:
As you are aware, students are now permitted to bring their cellphones into school. This has always been the policy at Fort Hamilton High School. Students will continue to be permitted to bring their cellphones into the building and, as always, they will be reminded verbally and through signage in the building to turn them off, put them out of sight and not use them anywhere in the building during school hours 7:20 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. The new School Rules and Regulations and the Department of Education Discipline Code states the following:
Department of Education Discipline Code:
B05. Bringing items to or using items in school in violation of Department of Education or school policy
B19. Inappropriate use of electronic technology
Fort Hamilton High School Student Rules and Regulations:
- All electronic entertainment devices including video cameras, photo cameras, cellphones, radios, CD players, IPODS, IPADS and headphones are not to be used anywhere in the school building during school hours and will be confiscated if the student is found using item in the building. Disciplinary measures include: warning, disciplinary referral, parent phone call, confiscation and parent conference
As a result of this new policy, students who are found using their cellphones or other electronic entertainment items in the building during school hours will be disciplined progressively. Students will be subject to but not limited to the following measures: first offense - warning, disciplinary referral, signing a behavioral contract, parent phone call, confiscation of the item and return at end of the school day; second offense – disciplinary referral, parent phone call, confiscation of the item, and return at end of the school week or to a parent; third offense – disciplinary referral, parent phone call, confiscation of the item and return following a parent conference. In the case that a student fails to comply with this school policy a parent conference will be held to discuss the matter.
As always, thank you for your continued cooperation in making Fort Hamilton High School one of the safest large public high schools in New York City.