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Sarasota schools drop cellphone ban for high schools, but consider new regulations

Posted at 2:26 PM, Feb 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-28 17:20:05-05

SARASOTA, Fla. — The Sarasota County School District seems to be moving away from an all out ban on cellphones in schools.


Sarasota County School Board could ban cell phones from students

Math teacher's experiment with students shows how distracting phones are in classroom

School Board Member Eric Robinson said school leaders will propose letting students have phones in their bags, but not visible during class.

“When you go into the classroom, you can see the kids interacting with their phones, doing everything except listening to the teacher,” said Robinson.

He said this issue was brought to the public's attention because teachers in the district are asking for tougher regulations.

"A lot of time a teacher says they aren’t getting backup from the administration when a kid has a cell phone,” said Robinson.

A Colorado teacher’s experiment will likely be brought up during the board’s next meeting on this issue in April. The math teacher tallied how many times her student’s phones went off during a single class period. The total — 268 times.

That's the phones from 23 students in just half an hour.

Parents have mixed emotions about regulating phones, because some parents want to contact their student throughout the school day.

“It’s one of those thing that everyone can relate to, because everyone has a cell phone,” said Robinson.

The next meeting on this issue will be scheduled for sometime in April. Check back for developments.