Manchester City Schools Board of Education unanimously approved the first of two readings on a policy that would allow Westwood Middle School students to keep their cell phones during the school day.
“This is part of our culture now. This is not a novelty anymore. Almost every middle school-aged child has access to a portable electronic device,” accountability clerk Gary Dyer told the board during Monday’s school board meeting.
The proposed policy reads, “Middle school students may possess personal communication/electronic devices while on school property. However, the device must be in the off mode and may not be used, seen or heard [during school] unless the classroom teacher grant[s] permission to use the device at his/her discretion.”
The policy dictates a series of escalating consequences for students who use phones inappropriately, beginning with confiscation of the device for the day to a fifth offence penalty of the device being banned for 12 weeks.
The policy change comes after the board offered some concern about the wording of ….
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