Mansfield City Schools bans use of student cellphones

Mansfield City Schools bans use of student cellphones

MANSFIELD, OH (WOIO) - Students in Mansfield City Schools will no longer be allowed to use their personal cellphones at school during the upcoming school year.

The school's board of education voted Tuesday night on a policy that would ban cellphones and other electronic equipment, according to the district's board of education.

The new policies would ban students from using cellphones and other devices, such as cameras, laptops, headphones, MP3 players. The ban would be effective before, during, and after class sessions, as long as the students are on school property. Students may still carry cellphones, but they must be turned off during instruction.

The new policy reads:

"Students may only use personal communication devices (PCDs) before and after school, during after-school activities (e.g., extracurricular activities or at school-related functions. Use of PCDs, except those approved by a teacher or administrator, at any other time is prohibited and they must be powered completely off (i.e., not just placed into vibrate or silent mode) and stored out of sight."

"Unauthorized cellphone use cannot be allowed to interfere with classroom instruction," Superintendent Brian Garverick said.

If a parent needs to get a hold of their child now while at school, the parents are expected to call the school directly rather than calling or texting the student during class.

Supporters of similar bans argue that students are regularly texting during class, taking photos, or on social media, which leads to distractions during lessons.

A 2015 study performed by the University of Texas and Louisiana State University shows that test scores increased by as much as 6 percent at surveyed schools that have banned cell phones. One of the schools that was surveyed showed a 14 percent increase in test scores!

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