Are Cell Phones OK in Local Schools?

By: Stacy McCloud
By: Stacy McCloud

Knoxville (WVLT) - Many times parents get their child’s school code of ethics book and toss it aside, not paying close attention to the rules inside.

But there are many things you need to know to keep your child out of trouble, one of the biggest problems, cell phones.

Should you or shouldn’t you allow your child to take one, or even that iPod to school, Volunteer TV’s Stacy McCloud has more on Knox County’s policy.

Technology, it may give you instant access to your child, but it could also get them in trouble.

Knox county's school policy on having personal communication devices, that's handbook lingo for things like cell phones, BlackBerries, and pagers, has changed over the years, but is pretty cut and dry.

"You can have them, but they have to be in the off mode during the school day,” Lynn Hill, principal at Bearden High School, says she understands why children may need phones at school, but students and parents need to realize why there are such strict guidelines in place.

"Main reason is class disturbance. But what people may not know is that with cameras, they have caused problems with pictures being taken. Everything from exams and also the text messaging."

There are instances when your phone can be turned on at school.

Most of the time it's okay as long as it's before school starts for the day, or when the last bell rings.

Also, a principal can grant a student permission to use one of these devices at their discretion.

But what if they use the devices without permission?

First offense the phone will be confiscated and given to their parent, after that punishment varies from Saturday school, to in-school suspension, worse depending on what manner the phone was being used.

While it's not exactly a personal communication devise, the exact same policy holds true for mp3 players.

They are allowed on campus, they just can't be on or visible.

However parents are advised to have your child leave those at home, because the biggest problem the school sees with those is theft!

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  • by mojanae Location: 60636 on Sep 22, 2008 at 07:23 PM
    i think that kids shouldnt bring cell phones to school because they use them on tests they can text each other and give the kids other the answer
  • by Debbie Location: Tennesse on Aug 7, 2007 at 11:50 AM
    If they keep them off as they should, its ok...what about the shootings in school, that could be last time a child gets to speak to loved ones God forbid, or could help police find them...YES my daughter has one, and knows not to have on during school, and she will continue to have, regardless.
  • by Earl Smith Location: Ducktown on Aug 3, 2007 at 07:29 PM
    No wonder when a young kid tries to give you back change at a workplace... they can't even count. But they sure can text message like a mo fo.
  • by Chris Location: home on Aug 3, 2007 at 08:16 AM
    Kids are in school to learn. Not to answer phone calls. If they want to do that, they can volunteer to work in the school office. The abuse of the cell phones,ipods and other devices should not be tolerated. I would say absolutely no cell phones used during school hours. If a parent needs to get in touch with the child they can do that through the school. That worked for many years.


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