24 Jul, 2024
Clay County Schools Updates Cell Phone Policy for Upcoming School Year
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Clay County Schools Updates Cell Phone Policy for Upcoming School Year

CLAY COUNTY, FLORIDA. – When students in Clay County return to school in a little over a month, there will be more restrictions on cellphone use.

The Clay County School District is updating its policy to allow high school students to use their phones during lunch, while elementary and middle school students will not be allowed to use cellphones or wireless devices during school hours.

Terri Dennis, the district’s communications and media relations coordinator, said last school year, students were allowed to use their phones and wireless devices during class changes and lunch breaks.

However, under the new policy, students can use their phones during class if the teacher allows it.

The district also said students will have access to their devices in the event of a school-wide emergency.

The change was discussed at an April school board workshop. It brings the district into compliance with House Bill 379, which prohibits the use of certain platforms on district-owned devices and designates wireless communication areas during school hours.

New4JAX wanted to talk to students about the changes and find out if they would be affected.

“It’s probably not because I just want to get good grades,” said Garrett Dewey, an incoming freshman at Fleming Island High School. “I get distracted really easily when I’m watching something, so I just try to get it in.”

Although Dewey didn’t mind the change, other high school students at Orange Park Mall felt it was an unfair policy.

However, the parents we spoke to agreed.

“We didn’t have phones growing up, and we’ve come out of it okay. We can read. We can write. We can understand and comprehend. We have the ability to learn and find what we need to find, so taking away their phones is probably a great thing for them,” Cameron Napoleon said.

“You should be sitting and doing your work. Focus on the teacher and not trying to sit on your phone,” Shanese said.

Shanese also said the new change will not harm students.

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