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CLINTON, Ill. (WCIA) — The school will soon be closed for the summer, but Clinton junior high students will return with some changes. Starting in August, cell phones and all personal devices will be banned from the classroom.

Students will be required to leave their phones in their lockers until the end of the day. Principal Jim Peck said he made the decision after noticing how distracting the devices were during class.

“Everything we learn now is behind a screen. I mean, we can learn from our phones now too,” said eighth-grader Brock Wilson.

Students like Wilson aren’t too happy with their school’s new electronics policy.

“I talked about it with my friends. They don’t want to either. I mean, nobody really does, because we’re in eighth grade. We all want to be on our phones,” he said.

But, he admits it will be good for them.

“We’re making this decision really because we think it’s the best thing for the kids. Creating this calm, safe, and focused learning environment is of the utmost importance to us as educators,” Peck said. .

Peck said keeping cell phones out of the classroom has become increasingly necessary at Clinton Junior High School.

“In my four years here, every year it seemed like more and more kids had them, more and more kids brought them to class, didn’t turn them off, put them where they needed to. go,” he said.

All personal devices except school-issued iPads will soon be locked at 8:25 a.m. each morning until dismissal.

“We know kids depend on it and that’s why we’ll always have the technology, we’ll always have that access to iPads and apps and all the things that we use,” he said.

The teachers are relieved. Peck thinks it’s only a matter of time before other schools follow suit. Texting, sharing photos of others, and social media apps like Snapchat and TikTok are the main distractions.

“By working at school, I am happier. But as a mom, I think it’s…obviously I would text her when different practices and things were scheduled,” parent and school secretary Karol Wilson said.

She said it will take time for parents to get used to politics, not to mention students who have grown up with technology.

“I like to take pictures of my friends and stuff like that during classes at other schools. So I’m not a big fan of it, but I know it’s probably better,” Brock Wilson said.

If a student violates the policy, their cell phone will be confiscated until a parent picks it up.

In light of Tuesday’s tragedy in Texas, Peck is making sure all staff members have cellphones, and the school has detailed plans for handling emergencies.

All classrooms have telephones that can call emergency numbers, call other classrooms, and call the office. All staff will have access to cell phones during the day, and no child is unsupervised during the day, so no one is without the possibility of getting help. If parents need to contact their students, they can drop by the office to send a message, and students can come to the office to call home if needed. In the event of an emergency lockdown or evacuation, students and staff will follow all prescribed emergency procedures in accordance with district crisis plans. This may include students being escorted to reunification sites. Parents will be notified via district communications where to pick up their students. In situations like those we have seen across the country involving armed intruders, local authorities would prefer that students and staff not be on cell phones during the crisis, but follow the plans put into practice to put themselves in security.

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