- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

PICAYUNE, Miss. (AP) - Picayune Memorial High School will allow students to use their cellphones on campus beginning this fall.

School principal Kent Kirkland tells The Picayune Item (https://bit.ly/1VNfl3V ) the cellphones can be used before and after school, during breaks, in the hallways and during lunch. A previous policy banned cellphone use on campus.

“I think our kids are mature enough to handle it and if it doesn’t work we can always change it back,” Kirkland said.

Over the years, teachers at the high school have allowed students to use their cellphones in the classroom for educational reasons, which contradicted with the school’s former policy, Kirkland said.

“We designed the new policy to be a little more consistent and put it back in our teachers’ hands,” Kirkland said.

He said teachers will ultimately decide whether or not they want to integrate cellphones into their curriculum.

Another reason the new policy was adopted was to keep students in school.

Previously, if students were caught using their cellphones during instructional time, their phones were taken away for 15 days. If students refused to turn in their cellphones, they were suspended from school for several days.

Now, Kirkland said if a student is caught using their cellphone during instructional time without the teacher’s approval, the device will be taken away and their parents will be able to retrieve it after school.

Cellphones must remain on silent during the school day, Kirkland said.

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Information from: Picayune Item, https://www.picayuneitem.com


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