Absolutely not! Cell phones are for personal use....period. Having just been audited by the Department of Labor I have a better understanding of the center's paid responsibility. For example: letting a teacher use her personal cell phone to do any of the suggestions in the previous posts puts the center at risk in many ways, such as teacher uses smart phone with company permission on company time to 'research' websites, music, etc. this can now place the burden of the cell/smart phone bill on the center. Another is safety - just as cell phones have laws regarding their use when a person is in a car because of safety, many states are making regulations around the lack of use at childcare centers as it has been recognized that they compro9mise the safety of the children as well as the rest of the staff. I believe and enforce at my centers that cell phones are for personal use only. They are to be left in their cars or turned off if brought into the center. The consequences can result in termination. If they are expecting an emergency call from family, they ask family to call the center, the teacher is replaced in the classroom so she can safely and privately take her personal phone call.
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