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This policy isn’t very effective…it allows student use of mobile devices between classes, but how is it capitalizing on them to facilitate learning IN the classroom? The article’s title is misleading since students are not allowed to have cell phone IN class, but rather, between classes. If this school is like many others, school officials couldn’t stop mobile device usage and simply capitulated on its use to reduce (by 80%) the violations they were having to track.
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School changes policy, lets kids have cell phones in class – KLTV 7 News Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |

    • School changes policy, lets kids have cell phones in class
      • Posted: Nov 16, 2010 11:18 AM
        • By Brandi Hodges
          • Most schools have banned students from using their cell phones during the day.  This fall one school changed its policy.  Kids at Walnut Ridge Middle and High School can carry their phones into class, the hallway and to the cafeteria.  The only restriction is when they can use their phones!  “We just had kids constantly in school suspension because they had in their possession a cell phone,” said High School Vice Principal Derek Bramlett.
            • The old policy didn’t allow kids to have their cell phones during school hours.
              • Kids can use their phones in between classes and during lunch.
                • they’ve seen an 80% drop in the number of violations.
                  • “When they said they could have them out in between classes I really thought there would be a problem with tardies because they would be on their phones texting or talking,” said Biggers.
                    • “We understand that all kids have phones and we talked to some parents.  Parents want their kids to have their phones here at school for lots of reasons,” said Bramlett. If a student is caught abusing the policy they will have their phone taken away and a parent will have to come up to the school to retrieve it.