PRESTONSBURG – Beginning with the upcoming schoolyear, Floyd County Board of Education officials have said students will be able to use their cell phones at any time during the instructional school day.
The school board approved a first reading of the new cell usage policy during a meeting this past Monday, which means it will still require a second reading. However, no members of the board offered opposition to the policy.
The debate of cell phone use during school hours is not a new one, with recent articles having been published through the Kentucky Department of Education weighing the issues pros and cons.
This change came about initially after a complete ban on cell phones and similar devices was no longer considered universally accepted as best policy. Some school across the state once took cell phone from students and never returned them, according to one report with the education department.
School board members have said the new policy is a way of encouraging learning in the 21st Century, but have not always been as flexible. Former policies that were in place asked that students turn their cell phones off unless a teacher told them they could turn it on.
The one stipulation with the new policy, when passed, would be that any student who owned a cell phone would be searched if a safety or privacy reason came up.
Sheldon Compton is a staff writer for The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.