Beginning Monday, September 23, 2019 all Middle School students, grades 6-8, will be required to Yondr their phones during the school day. Each student will be issued a Yondr pouch that will be collected at the end of the school year. Please click open this link for more information regarding Yondr.
Dear Parents of
Somerset Academy Losee,
administration is writing to share the exciting news that we are partnering
with Yondr to make our school a phone-free space.
that cell phones have great utility, but cell phone use has increasingly become a source
of distraction, antisocial behavior and conflict both at home and at school.
Losee believes in maintaining a safe and effective educational environment for
all of its students. Research shows that the mere presence of cellphones in the
classroom can be detrimental to student performance. According to a survey and
report from Common Sense Media that involved 1,240 interviews with parents and
their 12 to 18-year-old children, 50% of teens feel attached to their mobile
devices, and 59% of their parents agree that their kids have a problem putting
their devices down (U.S. News & World Report).
currently used across the world in hundreds of classrooms and schools, 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
The Yondr program
employs a simple, easy-to-use case that stores a cell phone and requires an
unlocking base to open. When middle school students enter the classroom each
morning they will place their phone in a Yondr case which is then locked.
Students maintain possession of their phones but will not be able to use them
until they are unlocked at the end of the day in their seventh period class.
We believe this
will allow our students to be:
- Engaged in classroom activities and assignments
- Less dependent on electronics to do classwork
- Less likely to engage in conversations around bullying
- Less likely to be distracted and procrastinate on assignments in class
In an effort to
best serve your child, we will need your full support in adoption of the Yondr
program at our school. We want to assure our families that you can reach your
student at the main office at (702) 826-4373. Please save this number for easy
you for your continued support in ensuring a safe and healthy learning
environment for our students. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate
to contact the school directly about the adoption of Yondr.
Somerset Academy, Losee Campus
- Yondr Parent Letter.pdf (193 KB)