By: Alyssa Aligood
As most of you know, Foley High has a very strict cell phone policy. Why is the school so strict on cell phone usage in school?
Assistant principal Mr. Akins stated that some students intentionally or unintentionally drop their cell phones during the transitions to the next class, and it becomes a liability issue for the school. Parents then call the school looking for someone to pay for the broken phone. In addition, students spend a lot of time on Snapchat or any social media during class when they should be engaged in learning.
As for cell phones being out in class, the board of education asks for the principles and teachers to make sure cellphones are put away in their bags. “Many students can not focus on school work while also trying to learn while being on their phones,” Baldwin County officials said.
Mr. Akins added, “With younger kids, you guys tend to catch on faster than us older folks, but as long as the teacher is able to control access to the phone, everything should be fine. Some teachers will let you take your phone out for the last few minutes of class, but other than that, cellphones should not be out for any reason, and that’s the school’s policy.”
My personal opinion on cell phone usage in school is that it should be okay for students to have their cell phones out on their desk face down, that way they are not tempted to check it when it lights up. If the phone is face down and is not distracting them, it should not be an issue, and they should not get in trouble or written up. But, if they aren’t focused and their attention span just completely gives out, that’s the teachers call. Although, we already have one electronic device (computers) so what serious harm could a cell phone do?
Yes, we know, the principals of Foley High school take earbuds and cellphones away from us, but you are able to pick them up later. They are just looking out for you and your best interests along with the school’s best interest.
They are simply doing their jobs.
As a reminder, all students have a right to have their photo or video taken when they want it to be taken. Therefore, you should refrain from taking random pictures of students in class without their permission.
Lets continue making this school a great place to learn, and have a little fun doing so.