CDA Schools ban cell phones

CDA Schools ban cell phones

The Coeur d’Alene Press reports in a 3 to 2 vote Monday night, the Coeur d’Alene School District’s Board of Trustees voted to ban cell phone use in its schools.

In December, KXLY4 reported that the district offered a survey on cell phone use in schools which returned over 2,000 responses.

Of the staff that responded to the survey, 62.8 percent said they feel phones are a distraction.

The majority of the 700 students surveyed said phones were a communication device or a learning tool. Most parents were divided between considering phones a communication device or a distraction.

The board took the survey results into consideration and issued a district-wide rule last night that allows students to bring cell phones to school, but requires them to be powered off, and left in backpacks or lockers.

According to The CDA Press, there are exceptions for use under the direction of school staff for a specific educational purpose, and for students with disabilities who use assistive technology.

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