Local school districts relax cell phone policies

7:22 PM, Sep 19, 2012   |    comments
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NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WZZM) - A number of local school districts are relaxing the rules on cell phone use. In Heather Hall's psychology class at Mona Shores High School, students are not hiding their cell phones. In fact, just the opposite.

"I ask them to take their cell phones out and we're using them for school-related purposes," says Hall.

Mona Shores is one of several local school districts becoming more lenient with cell phone policies. Now, a teacher can decide if it's allowed in the classroom.

"We expect our teachers to have good behavior management plans in the classroom. It becomes an extension of that, making sure they're monitoring the use of the technology," says Jennifer Bustard, Principal at Mona Shores High School.

New signs are posted in the cafeteria as well, because making calls during lunch is also allowed.

"It's easier to do that than go down to the office and call your mom and say 'hey, I'm going to be late today,'" says Morgan Smith, a senior at Mona Shores High School.

WZZM 13 asked Hall if there was a fine line between use and abuse when it comes to cell phones in school.

"Oh absolutely, you have to keep a close eye on them," says Hall.

Students are still banned from using cell phones in the hallways or without permission in class. Hall says she's simply answering the call for new technology.

"It's not going away. It's only going to become more and more and more," says Hall.

The Holton and Ravenna School Districts are also now allowing teachers to decide if a cell phone can be used in class. The Holland School District is encouraging students to use school devices, like iPads, instead of personal cell phones.

 

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