Cell phone policy changing at high school

By Emily Bialkowski
Caledonia Argus

 

The Caledonia School Board updated the middle/high school policy on cell phone use Jan. 24. The old policy restricted cell phone use to the front entryway of the building and only with permission from staff. But Principal Paul DeMorett recognized a changing landscape over phone use and was part of an informal survey of other Three Rivers Conference schools. DeMorett said seven of nine schools are allowing phone use in some capacity.

“Teachers are saying it helps expedite research,” DeMorett said, adding that although the trend is moving toward allowing cell phones for highschoolers, middle school teachers aren’t finding it necessary. In that light, the school board adopted the following language:

Middle school: Personal cell phones are to be kept in the student’s locker on silent or off. Students may use their cell phone only with permission from staff and only in the front entry area of the building.

A student refusing to hand over a phone when asked by a staff member is subject to discipline. Taking out a battery before handing a phone to a staff member is subject to discipline. Disabling a phone to stop an investigation is subject to additional discipline.

High school: Personal cell phones may be used in certain classes at certain times. Students will be able to carry their phones with them and use them in classes under the direction of the classroom teacher.

A student refusing to hand over a phone when asked by a staff member is subject to discipline. Taking out a battery before handing a phone to a staff member is subject to discipline. Disabling a phone to stop an investigation is subject to additional discipline.

  • mngirl65

    Why would the student be disciplined if they removed the battery? What possible reason do you need to have it in the phone for other than to go through and read their text messages? Even if they were disruptive in class, you have no right to go through their personal messages. Would love an answer to this question.

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