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Focus on learning, limiting use of cell phones in school

(08/16/2023) In an effort to improve student focus on learning and reduce distractions during the school year, a modification of the current cell phone guidelines has been made at the middle and high school levels. Removing cell phone use from the classroom will increase student engagement and learning, and limit the negative impacts of social media.

  • Elementary and middle schools: Electronic devices must be "powered off and away," concealed and not be powered on or used in any way during regular operations of the school day, during other school-sponsored and supervised group activities during the school day (e.g., during student assemblies, field trips, events, or other ceremonies, etc.), or when their use is otherwise prohibited by school personnel.
  • High schools: It is expected that students will turn their cell phones off or put them in airplane mode during class time and store them in their backpack unless the teacher has given permission. During passing time and at lunch students are welcome to use their phones. If a student needs to access Google Classroom, check their grades or email, they can use their Chromebook to do so.

If a parent/guardian has an emergency and needs to contact a student right away, they may call the main office at the school and a message will be sent right away to the classroom to have the student step out and call home.

The impact of cell phones on student’s developing brains and their educational success is well researched. Consider reviewing resources available as your family prepares for the upcoming school year.

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