New Cell Phone Policy Aims to Increase Student Engagement

Teachers and students attempt to find a balance between technology and education
This is the poster hung around the school explaining the 2023-2024 cell phone code.
This is the poster hung around the school explaining the 2023-2024 cell phone code.

Starting this school year, a cell phone policy requires students to keep their phones and earbuds out of sight during class to increase academic productivity and engagement. 

“Cell phones are distracting for everyone,” Assistant Principal Brenna Smith said. “Even I find myself pulled to it to some degree. So by removing that, we get the teachers to focus on making relationships with their kids and we get students to talk to other students. We can focus more on being better students, better teachers, and better people.”

Last school year, the teachers came to the agreement that cell phones are a problem. After a few discussions, they decided that implementing a campus wide phone policy was their best option.

“Last year, cell phones were much more distracting,” English Teacher Jennifer Hughes said. “I think [the policy] will positively improve student retention and engagement and provide a learning environment free of distractions.”

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Previously, students would use cell phones for music, brain breaks and for class assignments, but are now no longer allowed the option during class.

“I don’t like it, but I think it could help some people,” senior Zariyah Harper said. “Some people need to learn how to balance being on their phone and doing their work. Sometimes when I’m doing my work, I can focus, but everybody needs a break, and I feel like I don’t get that anymore.”

Until now, Harper was able to use her phone to contact her mom, and for parent Melany Troller, she is worried that she will not be able to communicate with her sons during class hours.

“Being a child of Columbine, and being in school when Columbine happened, just knowing and being in communication with them is important, because it does worry me,” parent and teacher Melany Troller said. “It sucks that we live in that kind of world, but as a mom, I just want to know where my kids are, and that they are okay.”

Cell phones can be used during passing periods, advocate, and lunch, allowing for students to check up on anything they missed during class. 

“We are taking away that distraction and emphasizing learning,” Smith said. “I’m so proud of our student body. Our kids are doing great about following the policy, and our teachers are appreciative because they no longer have to worry about those behavior issues, and can focus on building relationships.”

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