Newport schools consider banning cell phones from classrooms

By: Ellie Romano


Twitter: @ERomanoABC6

NEWPORT, R.I. (WLNE) – The school committee in Newport is trying to regulate cell phone use in the classroom.

A policy was introduced at Monday night’s committee meeting that would ban cell phones across all grade levels.

According to the proposal, at Pell Elementary School, students would not be allowed to have a phone in school. At Thompson Middle School, students would have to keep their cell phones in their lockers at all times. At Rogers High School, students would not be allowed to use phones in class, unless a teacher deemed the use a necessary part of the lesson and gave permission.

Some committee members didn’t think the policy was strict enough.

“I would like to lock the phones in the morning,” said committee member Rebecca Bolan. “Then unlock them in the afternoon.”

The committee ended up voting the proposal down, saying it needs more work.

The chairperson of the policy’s subcommittee, Sandra Flowers, can now rewrite the policy and reintroduce it at next month’s meeting. 

“If the consensus of the whole group is to ban [cell phones] altogether, that’s how I’ll go with it,” said Flowers.

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