Lewiston School Board bans cellphones at school for students through 8th grade

THE LEWISTON SCHOOL COMMITTEE VOTED TONIGHT TO BAN CELLULAR PHONES IN SCHOOLS FOR ALL STUDENTS THROUGH 8TH GRADE AND TO LIMIT PHONES FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS. NEWS 8’S JAMES CORRIGAN IS LIVE IN LEWISTON, AND JAMES YOU WERE AT THE MEETING TONIGHT. WHAT WAS THE REASON FOR THIS BAN? WELL THE MAIN REASON CITED FOR THE BAN WAS TO REMOVE ANY KIND OF DISTRACTION FOR STUDENTS. WE SPOKEN WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT BEFORE TODAY’S MEETING WHO SAID THE EASE WITH WHICH STUDENTS CAN ENGAGE WITH THEIR DEVICES LIMITS THEIR ABILITY TO LEARN. 17;10;00;00 LANGLAIS WE PLAN TO TRY TO MAKE THE FOCUS DURING THIS TRAINING PERIOD BE INSTRUCTION AND TEACHING AND LEARNING LEWISTON SUPERINTENDENT JAKE LANGLAIS SAYS ELIMINATION LEARNING ENVIRONMENT CELL PHONES ELIMINATE A STRESSOR FOR THEM. LIKE IN SCENARIOS WHERE THEY WAIT FOR A TEXT MESSAGE. 17;11;27;12 ENGLISH THEY EXPERIENCE A LOT OF ANXIETY THAT THEY MIGHT NOT HAVE TO LIVE OTHERWISE, BECAUSE THEY EXPECT THIS RAPID RETURN AND WHETHER YOU GET IT OR NOT, IT CREATES THIS NEW SENSE OF ‘ANGST. AND WHEN YOU TRY TO CONCENTRATE ON THINGS LIKE MATHEMATICS, IT CAN GET REALLY DIFFICULT. ONLINE FEEDBACK FROM LEWISTON PARENTS AND TEACHERS SUPPORT MOST OF THE BAN, ALTHOUGH SOME CONCERNS EXPRESSED ABOUT STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS OR HEALTH PROBLEMS, FOR WHICH THE SCHOOL COMMITTEE HAS MADE AN EXCEPTION . HE WAS ALSO CONCERNED ABOUT AN INCREASED CONSERNATION BETWEEN STUDENTS AND TEACHERS WHO CAN BE SEEN IN A MORE ADVERSE LOOK BY TAKEN A STUDENT’S CELL PHONE. 17;13;20;04 ENGLISH IT’S REALLY ABOUT REMEMBERING SPACE AND HOW WE PROTECT THE LEARNING SPACE AND NOT MAKE IT A BATTLE OF TRYING TO TAKE KIDS’ PHONES OFF EVERY DAY. BUT REALLY THIS REMINDER AND CONSISTENT COMMUNICATION ELEMENT, THEN CONTACTING PARENTS IF THIS CONTINUES TO BE AN ISSUE, THE SCHOOL COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY AGREED, INVOKING THE NEED TO CREATE BETTER HABITS IN STUDENTS FOR HELPING THE FUTURE. 18;48;46;09 REUNION WE ARE RAISEING A GENERATION OF DISTRACTED EMPLOYEES WHO ARE MUCH MORE LIKELY TO GET INJURED ON THE WORKPLACE AND WHO ARE MUCH LESS PRODUCTIVE. BECAUSE THEY JUST CAN’T GET AWAY FROM THIS CELL PHONE. NOW STUDENTS UP TO GRADE 8 WILL NEED TO PUT THEIR PHONES IN A CONTAINER BEFORE SCHOOL. SECONDARY STUDENTS CAN STILL USE THEIR PHONES IN NON-LEARNARY ENVIRONMENTS. PUNISHMENTS WILL INCLUDE CONFISCATION, PARENT CONFERENCES AND SUSPENSIONS AND

Lewiston School Board bans cellphones at school for students through 8th grade

Phones will be restricted outside of class for high school students.

The Lewiston School Board voted unanimously on Monday to ban cellphones in school for students through 8th grade and to limit phones outside of classrooms for high school students. Phones for K-8 students will need to be put away during the school day. , except for students where it is determined to be “essential for the health, safety or educational purposes of the student”. Discipline will vary from warnings to forfeiture to parent conferences to suspensions or expulsions for more serious infractions. Superintendent Jake Langlais says eliminating cell phones from the learning environment removes a stressor for students, such as in scenarios where they are waiting for a text message. “They’re going through a lot of anxiety that maybe they wouldn’t have to go through otherwise because they’re expecting this quick return, and whether you get it or not, it creates this new feeling of angst.” , said Langlais. “And when you try to focus on things like math, it can get very difficult.”

The Lewiston School Committee voted unanimously on Monday to ban cellphones in school for students through 8th grade and to limit phones outside of classrooms for high school students.

Phones for K-8 students will be required to be stored during the school day, except for students where it is deemed “essential for the health, safety, or educational purposes of the student.”

Discipline will vary from warnings to forfeiture to parent conferences to suspensions or expulsions for more serious infractions.

Superintendent Jake Langlais says eliminating cell phones from the learning environment removes a stressor for students, such as in scenarios where they are waiting for a text message.

“They’re going through a lot of anxiety that maybe they wouldn’t have to go through otherwise because they’re expecting this quick return, and whether you get it or not, it creates this new feeling of angst.” , said Langlais. “And when you try to focus on things like math, it can get very difficult.”