Here at Erie Middle School, we strive to empower all students to achieve academic growth, become lifelong learners, positive global contributors, and future leaders. Each day kids amaze us as they work hard and strive for excellence in everything they do. This quarter, we are putting in a new policy of academic eligibility and restrictions on iPads for students that may need a little extra guidance and support. We announced to students during Pride Time this week that we will be checking all EMS students’ grades on February 4, 2019. All students who have F’s in two or more classes (the same limit set for athletic eligibility) will have a restriction placed on their iPad. If students aren’t making the grades they are unable to play. This restriction will allow students to only have apps on their school-issued iPad which pertain to education work. Any other entertainment apps on their device won’t be available to download because the Apple App Store will not be available. This restriction is already in place for our 6th grade students.
This will only affect a small percentage of students. Any parental restrictions put in place by the student’s parents will remain in place on the iPad.
At the end of the quarter, we will re-evaluate grades again and students who have brought their low grades up will have the option to re-enable the App Store.
Using the school-issued iPad for strictly educational purposes may curb use of the iPad for entertainment, resulting in more work production and, by extension, better grades.