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Anderson School Dist. 5 to Ban Cell Phones in Elementary Schools


Greg Wilson/Anderson Observer

Anderson School District Five will have new cell phone policies for all schools in place for the upcoming school year.

"We've got to get a handle on cell phone use in schools," said Anderson School District Five Superintendent Tom Wilson. Wilson said most parents will like the new policy.

A no cell phone policy will be in place for elementary schools in the district. Phones will be taken from students in elementary schools who bring a phone to school and a parent will be required to come to the school to retrieve the phone. 

Middle school students' cell phones may not be used during school hours or seen or heard during the day. Students who violoate the policy, like those in elementary schools, will have phones taken and only returned to a parent.

High school students are only allowed to use their cell phones during lunch, a limited free-time use with similar punishment if the policy is violoated.

"We've had cell phones stolen and other problems, so we decided we needed to do something," Wilson said, adding that the entire nation of France has banned cell phone use in public schools and seen academic achievement improve as a result of the move. 

"The whole thing of bringing them to school was part of the 'bring your own' technology, which is no longer necessary since all students are provided with Chromebooks," Wilson said.


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