“When you have 200, almost 300 kids, carrying around cell phones it makes it difficult to moderate when they have them in the bathroom, in the hallways, in the classroom, it’s tough,” he said in August.
Students have adjusted to the policy, Shea said.
“The first nine weeks there were 29 infractions, then the second nine weeks only seven infractions,” he said. “Once they got a little more used to the policy, they seemed to adjust.”
Shea’s decision to institute the cell phone ban came after a video made its way around social media showing a Southeastern junior high school students following a student around a field trying to get him to fight.
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Students caught using their phones are given a verbal warning first, but could face harsher punishments if phone use continues.
If parents need to contact their child during the school day, they are encouraged to call or email the school’s front office.
“There have been no complaints from parents concerning limitations to their kids,” Shea said. “The office phone and email is available all day for parent-student communication.”