By Lex Cornell
In the recent senior town hall our principal, Marlene Blocker, announced, “The students of East High School are going to start a new system with the phones after our spring break. The system is called the Yondr. This system works by making the students responsible for their phones,” instead of the staff and teachers having to take them and lock them up during the morning scans, by putting your phone into a pouch with a magnet lock. The biggest question that comes to mind with this change is, are the students going to be able to handle having their phones on their person? There are not many opinions on this matter. Most of the teachers are excited about the change as many of them believe that teachers collecting phones are very labor-intensive for them. They also believe that collecting the students' phones is too stressful and time-consuming to do every day.
This change also isn’t just for the upperclassmen, but for the lower school students as well. This means that our 6-8th grades will have to do this change as well as the 9-12th graders. During the pandemic, many students used their phones daily, leading to a strong connection/addiction to their phones. This was also was when the lower school scholars didn’t gain as much social-emotional control as they would have during the actual school year. This will make it a lot harder on them because they will feel the constant urge to look at their phones or even to feel fake notifications from their phone due to the withdrawal they will experience. By taking the phones from the students in the mornings and locking them up, you take away the urge and anxiety that goes with having your phone on your person. This urge might drive students to look for a way to open the pouch. Ms. Blocker has also stated, “When the students have their phones on their person, the student will be responsible for the phones and there are times in our lives that you don't need your phone.” Ms. Blocker is hopeful that with the Yondr system students will be more responsible with their phones and will learn at what point it is ok to use them.