Province to ban cellphones in classrooms

Province to ban cellphones in classrooms

Province to ban cellphones in classrooms

While there are some limited cases in the province of phones being banned in classrooms, the new directive extends to all schools in the province.

"We leave cellphone use up to individual schools and classrooms to do what works best for them", he said.

A 2015 London School of Economics and Political Science paper found that "student performance in high stakes exams significantly increases" with a ban on mobile phones.

The formal announcement of the ban is expected in the near future.

The Green Party of Ontario issued a statement calling the ban "bumper sticker" politics and accused the Doug Ford government of trying to turn public attention away from the controversy around its handling of the autism services file.

For example, in Canada's capital, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board has an Appropriate Use of Technology policy.

Starting this fall, Ontario students won't be able to bring their cellphones to class unless teachers are using them for educational reasons.

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"I think it's a good idea", says Lynn Hutchinson, a local teacher in Windsor.

NDP education critic Marit Stiles noted that a recent memo from the education ministry advised school boards to defer filling vacancies for retirements and other leaves for teachers and other staff until a promised update by March 15.

Ontario's Minister of Education has confirmed her government plans to introduce a ban on cell phones in the classroom soon.

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.

The Ontario provincial government conducted consultations on the cellphone ban past year, with 97 percent of respondents favoring some sort of restriction on phones in class, according to Thompson.

About 97 per cent of respondents favoured some sort of restriction on phones in class, sources told the Canadian Press. "Beginning next school year, cellphones will no longer be allowed in the classroom unless they are required for educational purposes, health and medical purposes, or to support special needs".

Superintendent Mark Davidson says the sheer number of phones in schools now would make enforcing a ban impossible.

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