Fidgets and spinners have made their way to WS! Fidgets are intended to be used as a learning tool for students who learn best when keeping their hands busy by touching or holding a fidget. If a fidget is not used properly, it can interrupt learning, students, and teachers. Therefore, we have established reasonable rules for using fidgets in school. Rules for fidget/spinner use include:
1. A fidget or spinner can be used in school if a child's plan specifies its use is helpful in focusing a student's attention.
2. The student shouldn’t need to look at the fidget very much. If he or she looks at the fidget too much, then the student won’t be paying attention in class.
3. The student shouldn’t try to get any friend’s attention with the fidget. It’s not fair to disrupt other people trying to learn.
4. The fidget needs to stay in the student's hands, lap, or in a desk, unless stowed in a locker.
5. A fidget/spinner is not to be thrown, dropped or bounced. Students are asked not to put it in the face of others or use it as a toy or weapon in class.
6. Teachers can take the fidget or spinner from a student at any time if a student breaks one of the above rules or at the teacher's discretion, should it be a learning obstacle instead of a help.
7. There is really no need to have fidgets/spinners in the hallway or at recess. However, many K-4 students do bring toys to school and they are now bringing spinners and fidgets to school, calling them toys. If a fidget is to be used as a toy, it must stay in the child’s locker until recess. Like any toy, if lost or broken, it is not the responsibility of the school to replace. If the fidget/spinner toy is misused at recess, it will be taken away as we do with other toys when misused.