Following a vote by the Panel for Education Policy on February 25, 2015, Chancellor’s Regulation A-413 now permits students to bring cell phones and other electronic devices to school. In accordance with this regulation, the cell phone and electronic device policy at Esperanza Preparatory Academy is the following:
Esperanza Preparatory Academy Policy
To support our students, faculty, staff, and families, we have revised the electronics policy for the academic school year. Students may bring small electronic devices, including cell phones, to school. Students may not use cell phones or other electronic devices during the school day. To best support our students in complying with this policy, Esperanza Preparatory Academy is partnering with a company called YONDR to provide secure storage pouches for student devices. Students must store all devices in Yondr pouches upon entering the building.
How Yondr Works:
Before entering the building, students will turn off their phones and other electronic devices. Before leaving, staff will unlock the Yondr pouch, students will retrieve their devices and students will return the Yondr pouch. (Note: The example refers to the phone, however, all permitted devices must fit in the Yondr pouch otherwise they CANNOT be brought to school.)
How will families contact a student?
Parents and guardians noted on the New York City Department of Education Emergency Contact Card will call the main office at (212) 722-6507 to reach their child for emergency purposes. We ask that families not disrupt the instructional day for non-emergency concerns. Please alert guidance staff of any emergencies (such as a death in the family or an accident) so we can effectively support your child. Changes in travel and pickup plans can be communicated directly to your children as they will be able to turn on devices and access messages upon dismissal from school.
What happens if a student vandalizes or damages a Yondr pouch?
Yondr pouches are school property. We expect that students will safeguard the pouches as they do their electronic devices within them. Any vandalism or damage to the Yondr pouch will result in a fee to replace the pouch.
What will happen if a student forgets or willfully withholds electronic devices and is found with the device in his or her possession?
The device will be confiscated and will not be returned directly to the student. A parent or guardian will need to pick up the device from the dean or other school personnel between the hours of 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM. Additional disciplinary action can and will be taken for repeat offenders.
If you should have any questions or concerns regarding our cell phone and electronic device policy please feel free to contact the school at 212-722-6502