HCSB board addresses cell phone policy

Published: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 02:53 PM.

BONIFAY - Discussion turned to student cell phone use during the Aug. 5 meeting of the Holmes County District School Board after discussing the Code of Student Conduct, taking on a new point of view for technology usage in schools.

School board member Debbie Kolmetz inquired about the cell phones policy, stating it currently shows student cell phones should be turned off during classroom hours or in silent mode but doesn't go into detail as far as where phones must be placed during the duration of the day.

"The state requires to let them have it on; you can't keep it away from them," said Superintendent of Schools Eddie Dixon. "Teachers can still dictate whether they are turned off in the classroom or in use."

Dixon also explained the policies were set "when they were still just phones instead of little computers."

"Some teachers let (students) use (phones) to do research, looking up words or concepts," he said. "We're trying to use it as a foundation that they can be used as more than just phones."

Kolmetz suggested revisiting the policy to update it to more modern standards.

"We are adjusting policy so that when students are on break or at lunch they can use their devices," said Dixon. "We're just trying to get with the times. (If a teacher) doesn't want them out, then it is up to (the teacher), but in the hallways and after lunch, we'll just have to see how that goes."

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