Parents Weighing In on Cellphone Policy at Albemarle Co. Middle Schools
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Parents in Albemarle County are letting school leaders know their thoughts on a new cellphone policy in place at all middle schools this year.
A survey sent to parents about a potential cellphone ban turned up overwhelming support.
The "Away for the Day" policy already requires students to turn off their phones and store them in a locker for the entire school day.
A phone line is available in the front office, and students are still able to send emails to family members through their school-designated laptops. They can also use their phones before and after school to schedule rides.
“They're still figuring out their role, and the use of cellphones in their lives that it's still early enough to make these changes and to have it not be a big effect," said Allie Hill, parent.
"I think it was a bit of an adjustment, but because everyone is doing it the school has done a good job at locking it down from the beginning. It hasn't been an issue for him at all," said Jeff Toms, parent.
The county had previously considered implementing this policy division-wide, but says right now it will only apply to middle schools.