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September 26, 2005
Hello! Ban lifted
students can carry cell phones in Bristol schools without breaking the rules.
this year, cell phones and beepers weren’t allowed in the city’s schools
because they were considered drug paraphernalia, according to Superintendent Michael Wasta.
students carried them anyway.
year, a new policy shows that school board members believe times have changed.
school started this fall, the Bristol Board of Education created a new policy
that allows students to carry cell phones with them during the day as long as
they’re used only before and after school, according to Wasta.
with this new freedom come harsher punishments for students who take their
phones out during class.
at Bristol Eastern High School told students during the first week that they
could confiscate phones if they see them. But even when they hear a ringing
phone during class, some teachers just glare. Others tell the student to turn
the phone off, but don’t take it away.
officials told students at the onset of the year that phones should be turned
off, and not visible.
says reaction to the new rules from both students and parents has been positive.
want to be able to reach their children after school to work out rides or find
out about changes in after school plans,” Wasta said.
Brown, a junior at Bristol Eastern High School, said she believes the new policy
are in school to learn, but sometimes cell phones are a necessity,” Brown
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