Posted: Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Pokemon Go Guidelines

Parents,

We know many of you have enjoyed playing “Pokemon Go” with your children in the community this summer.  As school begins we want to make sure you and your child are aware of Greenville County Schools policies and how they may affect the use of this popular app on school grounds.

  • Greenville County Schools does not have the ability to block apps on a student’s personal device. 
  • Greenville County Schools does not allow the “Pokemon Go” app to be loaded on any district devices.
  • The Deputy Superintendent has sent an email to all principals with instructions on how to block their school from becoming a “Poke” stop.  It will be up to principals to decide whether to take action.

Board policy does allow teachers to incorporate the use of personal electronic devices, including cell phones and tablets, when appropriate to enhance learning but at this time our administration is not aware of any educational value in the “Pokemon Go” app.

Rules do vary at individual schools regarding the use of cell phones during non-instructional times, like lunch and before or after school.  It will be up to each principal to determine whether students can play during non-instructional time, and it will likely depend on whether it causes a disruption.

You’ll find more information by reviewing the district “Acceptable Use Policy”.

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