Ontario Government Set to Ban All Cellphones from Classrooms This Fall

Ontario to ban cellphones in classrooms

Ontario Government To Ban All Cellphones From Classrooms Next Year

Some schools in this province have already enacted cell phone bans, while others have not seen a problem. But a provincial ban would mean the government would issue the directive to schools for the 2019-20 school year.

In 2017, a Toronto middle school implemented a ban on the use of cellphones in classrooms. How the ban will be enforced will remain under the jurisdiction of individual educational boards and schools.

The school board does have policies within schools and classrooms to moderate phone use, but Davidson says it's important to have a conversation with student about when it's okay to use cell phones, instead of outright banning them.

"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", says Thompson.

"Minister Eggen trusts Alberta's teachers and school boards to make their own rules regarding the use of cellphones in their classrooms", he said Tuesday.

"I think that this (announcement) has everything to do with a government that's trying to distract from the really serious and considerable concerns of families and education workers", she said.

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.

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About 97 per cent of respondents favoured some sort of restriction on phones in class, sources told the Canadian Press.

The ban comes on the heels of a public consultation conducted previous year.

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

"Students need to be discerning digital citizens and opportunities should be provided within the curriculum to allow students to safely explore various uses and risks of technology in an intentionally guided and supportive environment", the association wrote.

Among the feedback sent to the ministry of education, educators complained that phones were not only a distraction but that students were also using them to cheat and share unflattering photographs of teachers on social media.

Spokesman Ryan Bird said the TDSB encourages appropriate uses of technology in classrooms.

The ban is set to begin in the upcoming school year.

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