The Virginia Beach school system is one of the latest to enact policies and regulations to limit cell phone use during school hours.
Virginian Pilots reports that regulations require students to turn off their cell phones, put them in their personal bags,
or leave them in a teacher-designated location "during class or in the classroom."
This also applies when students leave the classroom and remain in auditoriums, gymnasiums, changing rooms, etc.
Teachers may also not allow students to use cell phones "to fill class time or keep students busy, not to provide class activities or as a reward".
Kathleen Slinde, president of the Virginia Beach Education Association, said the organization is encouraging students
and their families to adhere to the new regulations because they help reduce classroom distractions.
Housing is available for students who require a device for medical or other reasons included in a personal education program or 504 plan.
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