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SHS updates cell phone policy for students

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SHS updates cell phone policy for students

A supercomputer in the palm of your hand.

A supercomputer in the palm of your hand.

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A supercomputer in the palm of your hand.

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A supercomputer in the palm of your hand.

Gabriel Howard, Staff Writer

Instead of hearing the familiar “tap tap” of cell phones, teachers are hearing students’ conversations about the recent change in the SASD’s cell phone policy. 

The policy states that students are now required to put their phones inside cubbies at the beginning of every class. The devices will stay until the teacher calls up students 2-3 minutes before the bell to collect them.

The student body is very split on this decision. There has been reassurance by Jeffrey Sodl, the principal of the high school, and the SASD school board, but the debate rages on.

“It’s annoying,” says senior Michael Guzman. “But the thought behind it is to help students stay focused in class. It definitely helps.”

The Stroudsburg Mountaineer interviewed Mr. Sodl on a number of current issues. One of those issues was that of the cell phone policy.

“We certainly don’t want to take (technology) out of the hands of students,” Sodl explained. “I have heard no issues with the phone policy.” He has then gone on to explain that “parents and teachers love it, as well as most of the students.”

He has also expressed how cell phones have become a distraction in school, and the high school state scores are suffering as a result. Mr. Sodl hopes that students utilize the school chromebooks instead, and a majority of teachers will place a further emphasis on them this year.

Helena Hunter
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One Response to “SHS updates cell phone policy for students”

  1. Laif Jennings on October 12th, 2018 8:09 AM

    I’m going to have to respectively doubt Mr. Sodl when he says that MOST of the students like this new policy because when he first came out with the new rule, I heard nothing but complaining from fellow classmates. In fact, I still do hear complaining. I understand why this rule, or policy, was put into place, but i feel like it takes the wrong step in the right direction. I mean no conflict when I say this but of course the teachers are going to love this policy. It makes there jobs easier. One less thing that they have to do in the classroom. All i’m saying is that if a student has there phone out and the teacher either fails to acknowledge the student or doesn’t see them on it than both are at fault.

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