Story by Khadijah Thorne for The Viking Press at Kinston High School on October 10, 2011
- Teachers and students enjoy using electronic devices during breaks
- Students learn responsibility and willpower
This year, one particular policy change has Kinston High School students jumping for joy.
The new cell phone policy states that students are able to use their electronics in between the changing of classes and during the lunch periods.
Many teachers are adapting to the policy change also. Teachers like Clay Stilley are enjoying the new rule just as much as the students are.
“I like the new rule. It causes fewer disruptions during classes because they have the chance between classes to handle their business,” Stilley said.
The new policy eliminates the need to sneak to text.
“I rarely warn students about cell phone usage during class,” English teacher Michael Moon said.
However, since the new policy gives students time to text during the school day, the consequences of getting caught texting during instructional time have become more severe.
If students use their electronics during class, the items will be confiscated, and repeat offenders face discipline consequences, including ISS and suspension.
Overall, the new policy gives students a chance to handle the responsibility of texting during the school day, just not in class.
“I don’t think the old policy ever really prevented them from using cell phones in the first place, but the new policy lets all the teachers now say, ‘Oh, you have time to do that before class. Take care of it outside of class.’” senior Caitlin West said.
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