Item Coversheet

Action Item - 20.

Title: Contract with Yondr, Inc - Phone Free School Program ($5,000,000) - WITHDRAWN BY STAFF 10.20.22

Board of Education Meeting Date:

Action under consideration

 The Administration recommends that the Board of Education authorize The School District of Philadelphia, through the Superintendent or his designee, to execute and perform a contract, subject to funding, as follows: 

Yondr, Inc. 

Program for creating phone-free schools

 Start date: 9/23/2022

 End date: 9/30/2023
 Compensation not to exceed: $5,000,000 
All Schools

 Renewal Options:  Yes

 Number of Options: 1

 Duration of each option to extend: Years: 5  Months:
 Maximum compensation authorized per option period:   $5,000,000

The School District of Philadelphia has identified a need for a program to support phone-free environments in schools during instructional time. Yondr, Inc. will supply schools with cell phone pouches as needed, unlocking magnets, staff training and staff support. These pouches limit students‘ access to their phones during school hours. The phone is placed in the pouch and the student will have their pouch unlocked at the end of the day. The Yondr Education Program includes: full customer service (implementation, site visits); free accessories (unlocking bases, distribution totes); and free replacement pouches. With a cell phone free environment, schools can increase engagement in the classroom so that there can be a substantial increase in student learning as evidenced by benchmarks, constructed responses, on-track percentages, and teacher assessments. Furthermore, the absence of cell phones during the day, can help lead to less incidents of cyber bullying, reducing the number of students leaving the building and returning illegally by texting their friends, and a reduction in class cuts. Students with Individualize Education Plans (IEP) that require assistive technology (device) as delineated in the IEP will continue to use the assistive technology that they are familiar with for any communication needs.  Therefore, the students would be excluded from a school’s required use of Yondr pouches. 
Implementation of this program supports Board Guardrails 1 and 2.

 Funding Source(s): 
Various Schools & Offices 

 Office Originating Request: Operations - Procurement