Yondr, Cell Phone Policy, and Consent
Dear Parents,
We are writing to share exciting news – we will be making our school a phone-free space to improve
teaching and learning! We will be using a system called Yondr to achieve this goal. Yondr has been
used across the world in over 1,000 schools and at concerts, comedy shows, businesses, camps,
weddings, and special events of all kinds. The goal of these spaces is to encourage people to engage with
each other and their surroundings.

We believe that cell phones have great utility. We have also found that learning and social behavior
improve drastically when students are fully engaged with their teachers and classmates.

The Yondr Program employs a simple, lockable pouch that stores a cell phone. Every student will
secure their phone in a personally assigned Yondr pouch when they arrive at school. Students will
maintain possession of their phones and will not use them until their pouches are opened at the end of the
school day. Students are required to bring their Yondr pouch to and from school each day and are
responsible for their pouch at all times.

We are encouraged by the effects of this system in learning institutions. Yondr surveyed over 900 school
partners to measure the effects of creating phone-free educational environments. These schools achieved
notable progress in multiple areas:

● 65% of schools saw an improvement in academic performance
● 74% of schools saw an improvement in student behavior
● 83% of schools saw an improvement in student engagement in the classroom

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school directly at [718-329-8550]. If there
is an emergency and you would like to get in contact with your student, please call Principal Mabry at (917) 847-7956

How Yondr Works:

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Student Last Name *
Student First Name *
Parent Name *
As a student enters school, they place their phone in their assigned Yondr Pouch.
The pouch is closed and secured. Each student keeps their pouch throughout the day.
When leaving school, the student taps their pouch to an unlocking base to release their phone.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I want to reach my child during the school day?
We want our students to be engaged in their learning. Please refrain from contacting your student during the school day unless it is an emergency. Contact the main office at 718-329-8550 to reach your child.

What if there is an emergency?
In case of an emergency, we direct our students to safety first. School staff will be able to unlock a Yondr pouch in a matter of seconds for students once they are in a safe and secure location.

Will my student’s phone be safe?
Students are in possession of their phone - in their Yondr pouch - for the entire school day. We will advise students to store the pouch in their backpacks where it is completely safe.

What if the Yondr pouch gets damaged?
The Yondr pouch is property of Celia Cruz HS. If a student damages or tampers with a Yondr pouch, they will be held responsible. The student will lose his/her permission to enter the building with a phone until further notice. The student will only be allowed to bring a phone back to school if they or their parent/guardian pay a $15 fee to replace the damaged school property.

Note: Damage consists of any signs that the physical integrity of the pouch has been compromised, whether intentional or unintentional, as determined by the school or Yondr staff.

How can I clean my student’s Yondr pouch?
In adherence to CDC guidelines, Yondr pouches can be washed in cold water for a short cycle and dried on a short cycle and/or air dried. Pouches can also be cleaned with a disinfectant cleaner.

Student Cellphone Policy
My Student's Name is *
I agree to the terms of the Student Cellphone Policy and want my student to be assigned a Yondr pouch. *
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