Cell Phones and Personal Technology

Cell phones, computing devices and portable music and entertainment systems:

  • may not be turned on or used during the school day.
  • may not be visible during the school day.
  • may not be turned on or used during fire drills or other emergency preparedness exercises.
  • may not be turned on or used during recess, class trips, camping trips, or in the bathrooms.
  • may not be turned on or used during the administration of any school assessments or standardized examination, except as authorized by the school, or pursuant to an Individualized Education Plan or a Section 504 accommodation plan.

Improper use of cell phones, including texting, accessing social media during school hours, cyberbullying, and photography, may result in disciplinary measures, including possible confiscation of the cell phone and other measures as indicated by the Chancellor’s Discipline Code.

Brooklyn New School is not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen cell phones, computing devices, and portable music and entertainment systems

Progress Reporting

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Every year the critters make their way into the public school system. Generally they’re discovered as early as late September and disappear sometime in the spring. Important things to keep in mind:

  • Lice do not discriminate.
  • Contrary to myth, they prefer clean hair to unwashed hair, so please don’t judge.
  • They do prefer hiding in longer and thicker hair.
  • Lice affect pre-k, kindergarten and 1st grade kids the most and almost exclusively because of their normal physical contact – little kids love hugging and play wrestling and sitting close and it’s hard (and just plain sad) to train them not to.
  • You may want to start talking to your little ones about not sharing hats.
  • One of the big problems with lice infestations is that the affected kids have to miss school until they’re lice-free.
  • It helps if the class families work together to eradicate or at least reduce the problem by doing nightly head checks, for example.
  • In the first days of school you may want to consult with your teacher about helping her/him take preventive measures.

For more information on lice, please visit BNS lice guidelines and the NYC Department of Education website.

To see examples of what lice and nits look like, click here.

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