King/Drew Magnet High School Of Medicine And Science

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Phone-Free space starting in August 2024

King/Drew will be implementing a phone-free space to improve teaching and learning using a program called Yondr. Yondr has been implemented in over 2,000 schools across 16 countries to facilitate an engaged learning environment. 
 
We believe that 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 utilizes a simple, secure pouch that stores a 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.
 
Responses to annual surveys from over 1,200 Yondr school partners after implementing the Yondr Education Program:
  • 84% saw a change in student engagement
  • 72% saw a positive change in student behavior
  • 68% saw a positive change in academic performance. 
On the most recent impact survey of over 370 school partners:
  • 86% saw a positive impact in student safety and wellness
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school directly at 323-566-0420, or attend our upcoming meetings about the adoption of Yondr July 31, via Zoom. Link will be provided closer to the meeting date. 
 
If there is an emergency and you would like to get in contact with your child, please reach out at 323-566-0420.
 
In an effort to best serve your child, we appreciate your full support in adoption of the Yondr Education Program at our school.  
 
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Frequently Asked Questions
 
What if I want to reach my chlid during the school day?
We want our students to be engaged in their learning. If you need to contact your child during the school day, contact the main office at 323-566-0420
 
What if there is a school emergency?
In case of a school emergency, we direct our students to safety first, following our school emergency preparedness protocol.
 
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 were it is completely safe. 
 
What if the Yondr pouch gets damaged or a student is caught on their phone?
The Yondr pouch is property of King/Drew. If a student damages their Pouch or is caught on their phone, administration will collect the phone/pouch and call home:
  • The Parent will come to school and pick up their child's phone on a designated day
  • Consequences will include detention 
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.