Can You Hear Me Now? Cell Phone Policy For Morgan Updated

In a nutshell, the policy translates to no-can-do on cell phone use by students during school.


It seems as if everyone these days has a cell phone including the 90-year old woman in front of me in line at last weekend.  Hey, good for her. She can be in touch with her great-grandchildren.

Recently, the Morgan School administrators, the and the reviewed the school's cell phone policy for students, making a few edits.

Here's the policy from the Clinton Public School's if you haven't seen it:

In an effort to maintain an atmosphere that is conducive to learning and to minimize the level of disruption during the school day, we all need to be more responsible regarding cell phone use in school.

If parents need to contact their child, they should call the main office or the guidance office.  Please do not call your child or text your child during school hours. If there is an emergency, please notify the main office.

Cell Phone Policy and Student Expectations

During the school day, students may not use their cell phones.  Cell phones are to be turned off and put away when students enter the building.

First Week of School

If you violate the policy, you will receive a verbal warning.

Second Week of School

If a student uses their cell phone during the school day, the phone will be taken away and returned to the student at the end of the day.

Third Week of School and After

If a student uses their cell phone during the school day, the phone will be taken away and parent will need to come to school and pick it up.

Electronic Device Policy

Student use of electronic devices such as IPOD’s and other personal electronic devices will be at the discretion of the teacher. Students are not to have earbuds in their ears during the school day unless permitted by the teacher. Use of earbuds and electronic devices in hallways and the cafeteria is prohibited.  Student failure to follow teacher expectations will be subject to disciplinary action.

Nancy Cordero August 23, 2012 at 10:29 AM
children will learn if they want to learn regardless of cell phone use
brian Scobie August 23, 2012 at 10:53 AM
although a good rule .good luck with that one.maybe the tax payers can hire more administrators to enforce it !!!!!!!!
Mark August 23, 2012 at 03:03 PM
It's a matter of setting priorities. The school system is designed to educate our children. Most of these electronic devices are used for entertainment purposes and are not conducive to education. In the parochial schools, the kids are required to turn in these devices at the front office in the morning and to pick them up at the end of the school day. If anything, the Morgan policy is lenient.
Randy Watson August 23, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Hello Patcheads! Good morning. It feels like Christmas has come a little early here in Patchland. Yesterday, we heard about Morgan’s new and improved dress code; a wonderful step in the right direction. And today, we find out that cell phone use will now be curtailed at our beloved high school. Truthfully, I would throw my cell phone into the Clinton Harbor if I didn’t need it for work. Now, Randy is no Luddite. However, our children’s (and even some adults) dependency on some forms of technology, (e.g., texting, instant messaging, etc), has brought about a real disconnect from ‘true’ communication. That is, engaging our fellow human beings one on one in meaningful conversation without the barriers that come along with today’s smart phones and related technologies. I remember when I got ready to head to university. My father told me to study hard, but also pointed out that college was a time to meet and establish relationships. I wish I’d had today’s technology to assist me in my academic pursuits. However, I am grateful that I did not have the same technology to get in the way of the friendships I established all those many years ago. Just some food for thought. Until next time Patcheads. Peace – Randy.
Steve Bristol August 23, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Cell phones are an easy and convenient means by which to cheat.
Gram Ann August 23, 2012 at 04:09 PM
I quote the Writer: "It seems as if everyone these days has a cell phone including the 90-year old woman in front of me in line at Ocean State Job Lot last weekend. Hey, good for her. She can be in touch with her great-grandchildren." Who is writing this , and just what are you insinuating here? I am a Senior Citizen with a Heart Condition and I carry my cell phone everywhere in case of emergency..not for Social Networking! Hey..Good for me..
Mark August 23, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Gram Ann, you're good, just as long as you don't use your cell at Morgan.
Fay Abrahamsson (Editor) August 23, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Hello Gram Ann - I wrote that line and it was not meant to hurt anyone's feelings, just to point out that just about everyone today has a cell phone for whatever their needs. But it's interesting as I do find many gaps in technology as I meet folks in town. I meet people of all ages who tell me they wish Patch was a newspaper because they don't have a computer and don't want one. I applaud folks for having a cell phone. They can be used for all sorts of purposes: emergencies, keeping in touch with friends and family, calling someone when you are running late, etc. Many people have said bye to their land-line and only use a cell phone for all their calls. This cuts costs, as well.
Vindaloo August 23, 2012 at 05:10 PM
When I was working at Morgan, students caught using cell phones in class had them confiscated and brought to the main office. The student picks it up at the end of the day. That's always been the rule.
Gram Ann August 23, 2012 at 05:45 PM
The article would have been fine, it just did not need the first Paragraph..just the informative announcement.
Cathy Chase August 24, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Peeve No. 1: The teachers need to turn their cell phones off during school hours and set a good example. Until this happens, the entire issue is ludicrous. Peeve No.: This is supposedly an academic institution's rules. What happened to the teaching of correct grammar? "If a student using their cell phone . . ." I know this is meant to be gender neutral but PLEASE--subject does not match verb and sounds grossly awkward. Just re-write to say something like "Students using cell phones . . . blah blah blah."
Vindaloo August 24, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Teachers aren't allowed to use cell phones in school. They can only use them in the break room.
Steve Bristol August 24, 2012 at 03:26 AM
RE: Peeve #1--Teachers and administrators are the school system's version of the company bosses and students are the employees. In the real world, bosses have rights that employees do not. Get used to it. Steve
John Shays September 28, 2012 at 03:45 AM
One sharp lawyer could construe this as a violation of free speech. Parents often text or send voice messages via high tech cell phones to let them know what will be happening in with regards to the family. The children need to know what their parents want them to know. I would call the police if some public school official took my child's phone and I would hire a lawyer to go after the town, the school, and the official. This is why I send my children to private schools.
Mark October 01, 2012 at 07:50 PM
"An amendment to the United States Constitution guaranteeing the rights of free expression and action that are fundamental to democratic government. These rights include freedom of assembly, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, and freedom of speech. The government is empowered, however, to restrict these freedoms if expression threatens to be destructive." This would likely include distractions to learning, which is why students are in class in the first place.


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