published Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Hamilton County School Board to review student cell phone policy

After years of debate and more than a few complaints, Hamilton County School Board members and central office administrators agree: it's time to update the school district's cell phone policy.

For the past several years, students risked losing their cell phone for two weeks if they were caught with it in the classroom. The rule was originally intended to cut back on talking, texting, and otherwise distracting from classroom activities.

But as Superintendent Rick Smith noted recently in a School Board retreat, "Times are changing." Holding up his smartphone, Smith said, "Almost everybody has one of these, or about they're about to get one. And schools around the country are realizing they can be educational tools if used properly."

Read more at WRCB.

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