COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho—Here’s what the buzz is all about with the Coeur d’Alene cell phone policy.
Coeur d’Alene School District’s director of communications, Scott Maben said the Coeur d’Alene School Board of Trustees met Monday night to continue working on the schools’ cell phone policies.
Maben said the board decided to ban student’s use of cellphones in classrooms during class times.
Cell phones can be used before school, at lunch and after school, according to Maben.
Maben said the policy is approved, but the procedure is still in draft form and the public will be able to weigh in. He said the proposed procedure and enforcement of the new policy will be posted on the Coeur d'Alene Schools website Friday, with directions for residents on how to comment.
The policy means all grade levels must have their cell phone turned off and "off their person" in the classroom, meaning in a backpack or locker.
The policy up for debate also includes a summary of when certain grade levels can use their cell phone thruoghout the school day, like before and after school, during passing periods and while eating lunch.
As for consequences, it could range from a first time warning to confiscating the cell phone for a certain period of time.
"I think it does bring all the schools to a more uniform practice," Maben said. "But as drafted, the procedures would still allow a bit of flexibility for those principals."
The Board of Trustees is expected to make a decision at its March hearing.