Following Winter Break, the administration has implemented a new phone policy effective for all classes. This policy requires students to keep their phones put away during class time and are only allowed to get them out if the teacher allows them too.
Many teachers like the new policy and are implementing it in their classrooms. Science teacher, Erin Tubolino, uses the new policy in her room to benefit her students.
“I require students to keep phones in their backpacks and backpacks away from students,” Tubolino said. “Students are so addicted to phones that they often attempt, unsuccessfully, to multitask between socializing and working on school.”
Studies have shown that students are spending less time focusing on one task while cellphone use continues to rise.
“Our hope is that the new phone policy will help students maintain a sharper focus on learning during class time rather than being distracted by their cell phones,” Principal Elizabeth Burns said. “Having to go without using their cell phones is also good practice for other times in life that students will encounter when they will not be allowed to be on their cell phones-such as when they have jobs in the workplace.”
Chris Berdik, the author of “Dealing with Digital Distraction,” believes that phones are a major distraction in today’s classrooms. These distractions lead to lower grades and less participation in class.
“Our brains focus on one thing by shutting out others,” Berdik said. “We can’t pay attention to two things simultaneously, such as reading a text string while listening to a teacher’s instructions. Inevitably, something gets missed. Plus, rapid attention-switching exacts its own cognitive penalties.”
Students have varying opinions on the phone policy but many recognize the benefits of this new policy.
“This might make me more focused but, like with most things, it is usually the user who is the reason something becomes a distraction and at the end of the day, if a student doesn’t want to learn they won’t,” senior Jacob Temple said. “However, this phone policy might just be the push these types of students need to be inspired to learn.”
If students do not comply with the new policy, disciplinary action will be taken. The first time being caught with a phone, students will receive a warning, second offense is a teacher assigned detention and parent notification, and the third time will result in administrative disciplinary action and parent notification.