By ANNE ELGIN
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
A new cellphone policy in Tazewell County Public Schools hopes to encourage not only communication but also education according to school officials.
The old cellphone policy allowed students to bring a cellphone on school property but the phone must be stored in a locker or personal vehicle during an instructional day, according to the policy.
“The new policy will now allow students to carry their phones with them throughout the day. Students are allowed to use cellphones in the morning before classes begin, at lunch, during breaks, between classes and after dismissal from the final class. Students may be allowed to use their cellphone during instructional time for educational purposes but only when the teacher allows usage,” Tazewell County Secondary Supervisor George Brown said.
According to the policy, there will be discipline for students caught using a cellphone illegally and middle school and high school students must have a signed parental consent form on file in the administrative office.
“The response to the change is that we are hoping this will allow students to access things they enjoy and also promote education. Cellphones have become such an important part of everyday lives,” Brown said.
This new policy will remain in place until the end of the school year when the school board revisits the policy and possibly renews it for the 2014-2015 school year, Brown said.