The Lawrenceville Summer Scholars program works to encourage both independence and interdependence within a living community. To succeed in this area, we have a cell phone policy for both residential and day students. Our goal is to model and encourage a balanced use of cell phones with the ability to be present in a physical location. We want students to enjoy making new friendships and experiencing a boarding school way of life.
Please see our policy, along with key dates, listed below:
Sunday, July 7, 2019: After saying goodbye to their parents, all residential students will turn in their cell phones to their Housemasters for safekeeping. Phones will stay secured with the Housemaster until Wednesday night.
Mondays-Fridays: If students are in classes that require cell phones, such as video production, an LVSS adult will transport the phones from the House to the class. We will use the honor system and ask that students not use their email or social media (except as part of schoolwork) during class time. Phones will be returned to the Housemaster immediately after class.
Day students, while on campus, should follow the cell phone policy set out above. If parents need to contact students about pick-up, they should call the LVSS office number, (609) 620-6683, and staff will relay the message. Students will be permitted to use their phones during carline and pick-up.
*Wednesdays after study hall, students will be given their phones for one hour to contact their families. If a student’s parents are in another time zone, we will coordinate with parents to find a time for students to talk with their parents. Students will return their phones to their Housemasters after their phone calls. We encourage this call to be audio and not texting, so that you may all hear each other’s voices.
Saturday, July, 13, 2019: Students will have access to their phones to take pictures on the school trip. Photographs may not be posted, shared with the public, or shared on social media without permission from those in the picture. Students may also feel free to call their parents. Phones will be returned to the Housemasters after the trip.
Saturday, July 20, 2019: Same policy as Saturday, July 13, 2019. However, at this point, we will allow students to have access to their phones for the rest of the program so that they can take pictures of their friends and classes (if a teacher allows this during specific times) and the evening activities. Phones should be turned off during classes, meals, and meetings, unless permission is granted.
Thank you for your cooperation!