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Manchester City Schools considering cell phone policy change

Posted on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 6:00 pm

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.

john coffelt byline“We need to show that we have confidence in these children that they will act responsibly,” added Dyer.

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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