The Queensland Government is committed to reducing the distraction of mobile phones and other devices to provide optimal learning environments for all state school students.
From the first day of Term 1 2024, student mobile phones and certain wearable devices, such as smartwatches, will need to be ‘away for the day’, including during break times.
Exemptions will be available for digital learning opportunities or in exceptional circumstances, including reasons related to disability, health and wellbeing.
The Department of Education will work closely with principals and school leaders over the coming months to develop guidance materials, including how and when exemptions may be granted.
More information will be available in Term 4 2023.
Contacting your child at school
Students will be permitted to bring phones and wearable devices to school so that they can contact their parents or carers immediately before or after school hours.
Parents and carers will be able to contact their child during school hours using the school’s existing communication channels.
For further information about school communication channels, please speak to your school directly.