Since Tuesday, April 28, 2015, which was declared “Phone-Free Tuesday” by the administration, cell phone distraction has been drastically reduced at school. That infamous Tuesday began with an assembly of high school students at 8:15 am when Mr. Ackerman informed them that Tuesday had been declared "phone-free." Upon leaving auditorium, students gave their phones to their DEAR teachers for safe-keeping until 3:15. Our experience proved that allowing students possession of their phones during class is a distinct distraction to the educational program, and changes were made.
Starting Wednesday, a common policy was implemented in all classrooms. High school students may now view their phones between classes and at lunch only. During all classes and study halls, phones will be placed in a secure location in each classroom where students will drop them off at the beginning of class and may pick them up on their way out of the class. Any cell phone found in possession of a student during class or study hall will be turned in to the office for the day.
According to the article How Smartphones Affect Kids at School at the Yahoo Parenting website, unstructered use of phones in schools has a negative impact on student achievement. Read more here: https://www.yahoo.com/parenting/how-smartphones-affect-kids-at-school-119384298537.html Before "Phone-Free Tuesday" more and more issues had arisen of students using their phones inappropriately. Phones had been used to harass and belittle each other, and phones had been used to discreetly take photos and videos in classrooms.
This policy applies to cell phone, as well as mobile tablets, such as kindles and i-pads. Students will continue to be allowed to use school-issued technolongy, such as laptops or e-readers (available from the media center). Since students are unplugged from their mobile devices during the school day, you can contact a student through the high school office at 712-472-4051.