FRAMINGHAM – Framingham middle schools are banning cell phones for the upcoming school year.
The three Framingham middle school principals issued a email about the new policy today, Monday, August 7.
Under the new policy, “no student will be allowed to possess or use a cell phone during the hours of 8:15 a.m. to 2:25 p.m. Cell phones must be off and secured in the student’s assigned locker. Of course, the best security for the cell phone is to leave it home.”
“If a student is found to be in possession or use of a cell phone, the phone will be confiscated, places in a labeled envelope, and delivered to the office,” said the memo.
For the first offense, the cell phone will be held in the office until the end of the day. Student will sign for the cell phone in the office after school hours.
For the second offense, the cell phone will be held in the office until the end of the day. A parent or guardian will need to sign to pick up the cell phone at the end of the day.
“Cell phones have become a way of life, a technological convenience that has impacted all of our lives in one way or another. However, the school environment, cell phone use among students has become a distraction and source of social conflict,” wrote the principals.
“The ringing of the cell phone during class or the text-messaging takes away from the valuable time needed for instruction and most importantly, student learning,” wrote the principals. “We do recognize that cell phones can be a safety/security tool; however they can be a detriment in the event of a building emergency and our protocol to manage such emergencies in a safe and effective manner.
Parents are urged to utilize the school phone to relay any messages that may be urgent in nature to their child. said the principals.