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LVHS 2023 - 2024 CELL PHONE EXPECTATIONS

Hello Vikings!

At Loudoun Valley High School, we value teaching and learning and we reflect often on ways to improve and grow as a school community. Our Valley teachers, staff, and students have indicated a common theme that must be addressed as we prepare for this upcoming school year: student cell phone and earbud use in class. This year teachers have expressed concerns with students’ use of cell phones and the impacts it has had on engagement in instruction, opportunities to build collaborative relationships with peers, and building and utilizing critical thinking skills. 

 

The following information was communicated to students during VikingTime to current 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students during the last week of school:

 

For the 23-24 school year, our school wide expectation is that students place their cell phones and earbuds in the designated space in each classroom. Phones will not be accessible during instructional time or Viking Time. Students may use their phones and earbuds during class changes, study hall, and lunch. 

 

Students are not permitted to bring cell phones to the bathroom. Students should use all LCPS provided apps on their LCPS provided Chromebooks such as e-hallpass and Remind. 

 

If students need to communicate with parents, coaches, employers, etc., they should do so during passing periods or lunch.  If it is an immediate concern, students may go to the main office. Likewise, if you need to reach your student for an emergency,  please contact the main office. 

 

We ask that you begin having this conversation with your students now so they can start to understand these new changes in our Valley practices at the beginning of the 2023-24 school year. 

 

For additional information and resources to support your student in this transition, please see below from the LVHS United Mental Health Team. This is a rich resource with helpful information and we invite you to take a moment to look through it.

 

https://www.hhs.gov/surgeongeneral/priorities/youth-mental-health/social-media/index.html

 

This initiative for the 23-24 school year is a collective and collaborative effort with the LVHS leadership team, teachers, students, administrators, and counselors. Together, we can work to strengthen learning engagement for students and improve their opportunities to go deeper in developing important life and learning skills.

 

We will communicate this message throughout the summer and in the days leading up to when we welcome students back to their first day of school on Thursday, August 24, 2023.

 

We wish our Viking families a safe and happy summer!