State school board updates rule on use of cellphones, electronic devices on school campuses

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  • Justin M Roseville, CA
    Feb. 12, 2019 12:40 p.m.

    "Why not install anti cell phone signal transmitters in the schools so students and teachers cannot get sidetracked in the pursuit of the education being given?"

    Besides the example stated before about legitimate needs during emergencies, it's against FCC regulations to use phone jamming/blocking technology, and there have been cases prosecuted when someone chose to use such technology on public transportation and on highways.

    Also, you cannot restrict such jamming/blocking to specific areas, because signals radiate outwards.

    The problem is discipline amongst students and parents, and respect for the environment in which this is occurring.

    Phones should be put away in school, and if an emergency call is needed, take it outside. Students using phones to surf social media, etc. that are standing out in the hallways for long periods of time will be seen for what they're doing, and their attendance/participation in class should be noted/tracked and sent to parents/administrators to work out and hold parents accountable..

    Get permission from parents to remove phones from their children at school for repeat offenders. Taking phones from kids seems to work with parents at home.

  • Bob Tanner Price, UT
    Feb. 10, 2019 3:59 p.m.

    I agree with whoever said the genie is out of the bag. Students would rather text each other than talk to each other in person. So much for socialization.
    The price we are paying is rather high...this is the first generation of students who actually know less than their parents in the history of public education in America.

  • JSB , 00
    Feb. 10, 2019 9:56 a.m.

    Cell phones are not just a distraction to the student that is using it, They also tend to distract other students in the class. They may be convenient in some learning situations but I taught school long before cell phones and we got along fine without them.

  • birder Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 9, 2019 5:22 p.m.

    I have issues with the smart watches in my class more than the phones. A girl was texting right during a reading group (4th grade). Her mom also sends texts and jokes to her right during class, which of course she shares with her neighbors. Huge problem. The admin said there were no policies on smart watches in our district.

  • Helen M Kimball Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 9, 2019 3:55 p.m.

    I have a no phones unless told you can have it out. The phone goes in "time out" and is checked into the office. The first offense, students can get it back at the end of the day, the second offense, a parent must pick it up from the office.
    I don't like taking phones from kids. They are dirty and expensive. I put them in zip lock bags.

    The point of the bill is for schools to have a policy, 99% do. I already receive training on appropriate use of electronics as a teacher.

    Perhaps we can assign homework for parents to go through an online module with their student about proper use of phones.

  • MissFrizzle Pleasant Grove, UT
    Feb. 9, 2019 2:07 p.m.

    This will be very helpful. One conflict we’ve run into, is when teachers tell the kids to pull out their phones for assignments—completely excluding kids who don’t bring devices to class.

  • Oh, please! Saint George, UT
    Feb. 9, 2019 2:08 p.m.

    Shaun said he/she doesn't know why a parent would give a cell phone to a child.

    I didn't think that was a good idea either until...I had teen daughters. My daughters were each given a used flip phone to have in case of emergency when they went to high school. They both used them to call me to come pick them up from situations they were not comfortable with in their friends' houses or at school or when one hit a curb and blew a tire where a landline was not readily available.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Feb. 9, 2019 12:39 p.m.

    Ask about any secondary teacher out there in the real world, banning and limiting cell phones is a losing battle. The milk has been spilt, the horse is out of the barn, the ship has left the harbor.
    It is what it is. I guess it would be great to live in the Alvin Toffler "Future Shock" world but I don't think that is going to help.

    And most parents wouldn't support any restrictions on cell phones anyway. Teachers report students just calling their parents right in the middle of class. And on occasion, cell phones are even useful for teachers in their instruction. Banning cell phones at this point in our schools would be about as useless as banning students from driving cars to their school. The best thing that can be done is teachers instructing on how to properly use and not use cell phones in settings, like what they would actually expect in the business world. Go with that model. When the meeting (or instruction) is in session, no usage, otherwise live and let live.

  • Enough is enough! Saint George, UT
    Feb. 9, 2019 12:09 p.m.

    A girl in an 8-year-old Sunday class I was teaching a few years ago kept answering her wrist phone. Her grandmother was calling. I asked her if grandma knew if the child was at church. Yes, but she NEEDS to talk to me anyway. I found out later that grandma was just "checking in" with the child, knowing she was at church. What is this teaching the child?

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Feb. 9, 2019 9:52 a.m.

    "Misseleer71 - Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 9, 2019 2:43 a.m.
    Why not install anti cell phone signal transmitters in the schools so students and teachers cannot get sidetracked in the pursuit of the education being given?"

    Because the first dire medical emergency, fire, call for police, etc. that can't get through and someone dies, the entire school district and State will be sued for hundreds of millions.

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    Feb. 9, 2019 9:53 a.m.

    I don’t know why parents would even give kids a cell phone.

  • desert dweller SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Feb. 9, 2019 9:31 a.m.

    as far as installing anti cell phone signal transmitters. that's just a waste of time and resources and here's why...
    do you really believe that these phone makers and phone servers will sit back and let someone stop people from using their products ?
    just how fast do you think that someone would be able to download an app that would prevent you from interfering with a signal that would prevent people from using their products ?
    the same person that designed radar for law enforcement is the same person that designed radar detectors.. we're in a media and electronic society and people will have to figure out how to make both work together ..

  • desert dweller SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Feb. 9, 2019 9:10 a.m.

    This electronic society that we live in now has opened an entirely new way of living..
    there are companies trying to curtail the use of phones during buisness hours and are fighting a losing battle. we are functioning in a total media info controlled environment
    the media is at everybody's availability and there is not a chance that this media and info world will ever be kept out of any social function including schools and work places
    the media is in everything. society will have to adopt a working society that compliments both to function as a daily matter including schools and that's just the way it is.

  • Monsieur le prof Sandy, UT
    Feb. 9, 2019 8:31 a.m.

    Why would teachers need training? How hard can it be to say, "No phones in class or they will be taken away"? It's the students and the parents who need to be trained. "Phones may be used at lunch time, before school begins, and after it ends." VoilÀ!
    If a student violates that policy a second time, that student should be required to turn his/her phone into the school at the first of the day and retrieve it after.

  • tsobserver Mapleton, UT
    Feb. 9, 2019 7:59 a.m.

    We are nearly all phone addicts. I recommend the many talks and presentations by Simon Sinek on this topic. Search for him on Google or YouTube. Fascinating topic. I have seen first hand how these devices kill sociability and creativity in people of all ages. From social media to open addiction, our little 5 or 6 inch screens are transforming our society in some positive but many negative ways. An open and forthright conversation must ensue with adults and children about the dangers of negative habits these devices invite us to embrace.

  • lnkmom Lehi, UT
    Feb. 9, 2019 6:17 a.m.

    Yet, teachers in Jr High and High school time and again expect all their students to all have a phone and use it for "learning" as well. They can't have it both ways. They can't expect the phones to be there when it's convenient for the classroom setting (researching, filming a group project, taking quick pictures to learn how to edit in Photoshop, learning how to talk to someone on the phone in a foreign language class, scriptures in Seminary, etc... all of which my kids have "needed" their phones for at school).

    Our kids don't take their phones to school. Period, end of story. Yet, we get backlash because the teachers are the ones encouraging having the phones there. If teachers are going to expect that every student has access to a phone during school hours, then the districts need to start providing the phones. Yeah, I know it sounds asinine... cause it is!! The teachers need to stop encouraging the students to use the phones during class!

  • Misseleer71 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 9, 2019 2:43 a.m.

    Why not install anti cell phone signal transmitters in the schools so students and teachers cannot get sidetracked in the pursuit of the education being given?