We believe that cellphones have great utility. We have also found that learning and social behavior improve drastically when students are fully present so they can engage with their teachers and classmates.
We are writing to share the exciting news that we will be making our school a phone-free space to improve teaching and learning. We are using a system called Yondr to achieve this goal. Yondr is currently used across the world in over 1,000 schools, as well as at concerts, comedy shows, weddings and special events of all kinds. The goal of these spaces is to encourage people to engage with each other and their surroundings.
The Yondr Program employs a simple, lockable pouch that stores a cellphone. Every student will secure their phone in their personally assigned Yondr pouch when they arrive at school each morning. They will maintain possession of their phones, and will not use them until they are unlocked 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. In 2019, Yondr surveyed over 400 school partners to measure the effects of creating phone-free educational environments. These schools achieved notable progress in multiple areas:
69% of schools saw an improvement in academic performance
84% of schools saw an increase in student engagement in the classroom
80% of schools saw a decrease in behavior referrals
In an effort to best serve your child, we appreciate your full support in adoption of the Yondr Program at our school.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school directly and speak to Ms. Judy Rea, at 718-848-0001. A parent meeting to discuss the adoption of Yondr will be held on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 9 am.
How Yondr Works
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)848-0001 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 pouch gets damaged?
The Yondr pouch is property of Middle School 202. If a student damages or tampers with a Yondr pouch, they will be held responsible. The student’s phone will be confiscated by the school. The student’s parent/guardian must come to the school to pick up their child’s phone and a replacement pouch may be assigned. The student will only be allowed to bring a phone back to school if they or their parent/guardian pay a $20 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.Page Break
In addition to working with schools, Yondr is used to create phone free-environments at concerts, comedy shows and weddings. Our partners include: