Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

School Officials Looking To Ban Cellphones In Class

School Officials Looking To Ban Cellphones In Class

Some boards have already grappled with curbing student cellphone use during the school day, including Toronto, which later opted to leave the decision up to teachers.

London District Catholic school board superintendent Ana Paula Fernandes said the new rules will not likely affect its cellphone policy.

The Conservatives had proposed the ban during last year's election campaign.

Our Government will be introducing a ban on cellphones in the classroom. "We will be making a formal announcement in the near future".

Thompson has said exceptions would be made when teachers want to use cellphones as part of their lesson, for medical reasons and for students with special needs.

NDP MPP Ian Arthur said his party supports the idea in general but teachers and school boards now have the power to ban cellphones.

"Ontario's students need to be able to focus on their learning, and not their cell phones", she said in a written statement Tuesday, March 12. Results found that 97 per cent of respondents wanted some sort of control over cellphone use in class.

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"I think we really need to think progressively about this and say, 'OK, this technology is here, it's real".

Canada's most populous province will ban mobile phones in classrooms next year.

Education consultation surveys from previous year suggested that approximately 97 percent of respondents supported some form of restriction on phones in class, according to the government sources.

The Peel District School Board policy states that students "will use devices responsibly" only after getting permission and direction from teachers.

"We use technology quite effectively in our classrooms as much as we possibly can".

In 2015, NY ended its ban on cellphones, giving schools the authority to create their own, in part because parents wanted to be able to contact their children, and it was not equally enforceable. The improvements were largely seen among the students who were normally the lowest achieving.

"Schools and teachers have well established limits and boundaries with regard to cellphone use in schools and the classroom, similar to other classroom expectations, which are designed to create positive learning environments".

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