Province to ban cellphones in classrooms

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Cellphones will be banned in Ontario classrooms during instructional time, starting in September - news that some suggest is meant to distract from ongoing criticism over autism funding.

It's not clear exactly how the directive would look, but the government will leave it up to school boards in how they enforce a ban in their schools.

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

On Tuesday Education Minister Lisa Thompson said a formal announcement is coming soon.

"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.

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

"I think we really need to think progressively about this and say, 'OK, this technology is here, it's real".

And the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) even used to have a ban on cellphones, but lifted the ban in 2011 after student trustees argued that technology had become a pervasive part of student life, CBC reports.

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"The Ford government is just duplicating powers that educators already have to control cellphone use in their classrooms".

Education consultation surveys from a year ago suggested that approximately 97 percent of respondents supported some form of restriction on phones in class, according to the government sources.

About 97 per cent of respondents favoured some sort of restriction on phones in class, the sources said.

Government officials said the code of conduct for teachers would also be changed, preventing them from letting students use their phones unless it is for education purposes.

"Our government will be introducing a ban on cellphones in the classroom".

The Ontario Public School Boards' Association did not provide comment Tuesday, but in its submission to the government consultations it had urged the province to continue allowing school boards to make their own decisions.

In 2015, NY ended its ban on cellphones, giving schools the authority to create their own, in part because parents wanted to be able to contact their children, and it was not equally enforceable.