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Search Schools, States Review Cell Phone Bans More than a decade after many school systems and states prohibited students from carrying and using pagers and cellular phones in school, state lawmakers and administrators are rethinking their positions.
How schools are adapting student cellular-phone-use policies. The proliferation of cellular phones in society and anxiety after the September 11 terrorist attacks are prompting some school systems and states to rethink their campus bans on the devices. Some states -- such as Maryland and Virginia -- lifted their bans prior to September 11, in response to the widespread use of phones by adults and youths.
These states now allow school districts to draft their own policies In other cases, the terrorist attacks Cell phones in schools debate on the issue.
Probably nowhere has the topic come up with more urgency than in New York City, with its 1.
Although cell phones are still officially prohibited in New York City schools, the attacks on the World Trade Center and the ensuing communications problems prompted Chancellor Harold O. Levy to review the policy. No decision has been made yet. We want students to be able to reach their parents in the event of an emergency.
Loudon County amended its policy in spring to allow students to carry cell phones as long as they are turned off. They can use the phones before and after school. Virginia dropped its ban on cell phones in schools several months earlier.
The ringing and beeping from the phones and pagers, sometimes in class, also were disruptive. Now, however, many families consider cell phones and pagers basic equipment. According to an October study by the Yankee Group, a consulting and research company, "The widespread use of wireless phones and other devices on the day of the tragedies [September 11] will lead many consumers and corporations to view wireless technologies as necessities rather than conveniences.
By the end ofthe number is expected to grow to million. Montgomery County schools also allow students to carry cell phones, but they must be turned off during the day and used only before and after school.
The policy was adopted in Octoberseveral months after Maryland repealed a state law prohibiting handheld portable electronic devices in schools. The Georgia Senate bill, sponsored by state Sen. Richard Marable, chairman of the education committee, would repeal the state ban on cell phones and pagers in schools and allow school districts to set their own policies for their use.
Certainly we can protect the educational integrity of schools and still utilize this high technology. Some schools and states already had revised their policies inafter student shooters at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, killed and wounded numerous students and teachers, she says.
Several school officials have reported bomb threats being called into schools from cell phones on the day of a test, Knisely says. Citing that reason and others, National School Safety and Security Services NSSSSa consulting firm that focuses on school safety and crisis preparedness, opposes allowing students to carry cell phones and pagers.
The firm notes that students have used cell phones to call in bomb threats, which are difficult to trace.
The phones also could inadvertently detonate an electronic explosive device, if one is in a school. Hundreds or thousands of students using cell phones at the same time during a crisis also could overload the system, NSSSS maintains.
Although acknowledging that cell phones and pagers are a convenience for students and parents, the organization notes "From an educational perspective, cell phones primarily present another disruption to the educational environment on a day-to-day basis.
Marable, the Georgia senator, says he has heard little opposition so far to his bill lifting the ban and allowing students to use phones before and after school.T h e J o u r n a l o f T e c h n o l o g y S t u d i e s Eighty-four percent of the responding prin-cipals indicated that their schools did have a written policy on the use of cell phones.
Jul 31, · French children will have to leave their smartphones and smart devices at home or switched off when they are at school starting in September. Administrators must evaluate the pros and cons of allowing cell phones in schools and make a decision based on their own student population.
The fact is that almost every household owns . Every school has different rules for cell phone use, but most allow students to bring phones so long as they turn them off during class. Parents: check the school's rules -- and make sure your kids are mature enough to follow them. On at least one school issue, many parents find themselves agreeing with their children rather than their teachers: that is the permissible use of cell phones at school.
Many parents and students vigorously support the legitimacy of allowing cell phones in the classroom, but . Generation Z, the group of people 23 to 12 years old, are said to be digitally native, because few remember a time before cell phones and internet access.