School asks for parents help in curbing cell phone use

S chool officials are trying to cut down on cell-phone related distractions and are asking parents to lend a helping hand.

High School principal Kelly McHugh said the school has a policy of no cell phone use between7:30 a.m.and2:30 p.m.Students are permitted to carry a cell phone with them but they aren’t supposed to be visible.

“The only rule is the phones can’t be out,” said McHugh. “And for the most part our electronic issues are very minimal. There’s been very little conflict but we struggle a little with parents calling or texting their child’s cell phone.”

She said in almost every situation, the parent’s motives are well-intentioned. They may have something they forget to tell their child, or need to know what time they need to pick their kid up after practice, or perhaps there’s been a family emergency.

The students know they aren’t supposed to answer the phone and they risk having it taken away, but at the same time they don’t want to get in trouble at home for ignoring their parents phone call.

“It puts the kids in a pickle,” McHugh said.

That’s why administrators are asking parents to refrain from contacting their kids via cell phone during the school day, or if it’s absolutely necessary, to call the school and leave a message with Mrs. Stevens in the office.

McHugh said their ultimate goal is to limit distractions (there’s few things more distracting than an annoying ring tone) and create an environment suitable for learning.

“School is their job, there’s no need to use phones during the school day,” McHugh said.

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