Should Illinois adapt a new school cellphone policy for schools?

In a world where young and old are glued to screens, a school district in Michigan has a new cellphone rule meant to helping students achieve better grades while improving their mental health. This may be a first for Michigan and if it works, other districts…(RPS 205?) may want to consider it.

Students at Forest Hills Public Schools in Michigan are starting their school year without a phone, according to Fox 17. If parents need to contact their child(ren), they’ll have to do it the old-fashioned way and call the school front desk.

Phones aren’t bad, they’re amazing tools, but the tool doesn’t use us, we use the tool.

One of the reasons for this new policy is to encourage students to get to know each other and PLAY during recess. One of the schools’ counselors said of children with phones in class, “their grades dropped by 20 to 14%.” This New policy could help create more face-to-face time with other students and peers, developing problem-solving and social skills.

Cell phone use in class promotes bullying, depression and isolation; while diverting their attention from the class.

While it’s easy to say “yes, bring this to the Rockford and surrounding districts”, I’m curious what parents of kids walking home from school or spending time home alone every afternoon would have to say about it.

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For reference, here are the RPS 205 mobile phone policy:

Keep cell phones and other electronic items stored during school. The school must provide a secure location for all electronic devices. If a parent/guardian/student(s)/chooses not to place electronic devices in a safe place, the District is not responsible for those electronic devices.

Learn more about the Forest Hills Public Schools Cell Phone Policy here.

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