Ontario to ban cellphones in classrooms

Ontario to ban cellphones in classrooms

The Canadian Press is reporting that the Ontario government will announce this week that it plans to introduce legislation banning cellphones in classrooms, starting in the next school year.

Enforcement of the ban would be up to individual boards and schools.

The government said teachers and parents overwhelmingly supported banning cellphone use during telephone town halls and surveys conducted last fall, in which 97 per cent of the 35,000 respondents advocated for the move.

Ministry of education officials, speaking on background, said students wouldn't be expected to lock up their phones and while enforcement will be hard, it will be left up to school boards. Join the conversation by commenting below! "We will be making a formal announcement in the near future".

Nova Scotia's education minister says the province won't ban cellphones in classrooms.

"What I think is problematic is when people use their phones to text their friends either within the classroom or outside the classroom-and would not be condoned for use [by] the teacher".

The impending cellphone ban was initially proposed by the Progressive Conservative party as part of their platform during last year's election campaign.

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The Peel District School Board policy states that students "will use devices responsibly" only after getting permission and direction from teachers.

One of these government sources explained to CTV News, "When the school day starts, the phones go off".

"I don't want to bring my electronics to school because, if it gets stolen or if it breaks, I don't want to be responsible for that", says Matteo Daher.

Just across the country, a Victoria middle school became the first school in its district to ban cellphones in school when it implemented the policy for the 2018-19 school year.

"Schools and teachers have well-established limits and boundaries with regard to cellphone use in schools and the classroom, similar to other classroom expectations, which are designed to create positive learning environments". The improvements were largely seen among the students who were normally the lowest achieving.

Davidson says he trusts school and teachers to set rules for what role cell phones play in their classrooms.

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