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School board mulls cell phones in classrooms

September 14, 2012

PAWTUCKET — In recent years, the matter of students bringing their cell phones to school has been the bane of teachers everywhere. Yet, realizing that today's “smart phones” and other electronic devices can also serve as mini-computers, school officials are starting to re-think the policy that bans them from classroom use completely.
At Tuesday night's School Committee meeting, acting technology director Hersh Cristino presented school officials with the draft of a new policy that would allow students to use their own cell phones, Kindles, laptop computers, I-Pads and other electronic devices they may have while inside the classroom if it is under a teacher's direction. He said the intent was to have a nine-week “pilot program” at Shea and Tolman high schools to see how the policy goes.

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