By Zaire Briggs
Many teachers feel like the new cell phone policy has impacted their classes in a positive way. English teacher Mrs. Price states, “I feel like it improved relationships and students are more focused on academics, and not on drama. Also it is one less thing teachers have to argue with students about.” English teacher Mr. Appleby agrees and states, “I don’t have to argue with students about their phones and they are not distracted. They are more social without their phones so they participate more.”
The cell phone policy has also had a negative impact on some aspects of class though. Mrs. Price states, “In my bilingual classes we can’t use google translate without getting their chromebooks out and also I can’t text students during school to know where they are if they’re not in class.”
Some students don’t mind the policy. Senior Shamika Coles states, “I was focused either way. My phone be dry 24/7 so having my phone taken is not a problem for me. To me there isn’t any negative outcomes.” She also states, “It doesn’t affect my grades because when we were allowed to have phones, we weren’t allowed to be on them in class.” Senior Nina Gambill was impacted differently by the policy. Nina states, “Yes it did help me focus more, but I feel like I’m doing the same with or without my phone and a negative outcome is it’s not very much organized.”
Overall the cell phone policy didn’t really hurt anyone. Some students might have been angry about it at first, but it’s important to remember that it was put in place to help us all be better and grow as students.