PEORIA, Ill., — Peoria Public Schools board members voted to approve a plan to keep students focused on school and not their phone screens.
The current cellphone policy within District 150 is to keep cellphones turned off and out of sight. However, board members say this has been ineffective.
The Parent Teacher Advisory Committee recommended that the board update the policy to include the use of cellphone lock bags.
Students who do not follow protocol for phone usage would face the consequence of having their phones locked in the bag for the duration of the school day.
Glen Oak Learning Center participated in a pilot program. The board says the school successfully decreased the amount of distractions in class.
I spoke with Peoria Public Schools board member, Martha Ross, who emphasized the need for this program in the entire district.
It could be just one student in a class that continually violates a policy, won’t turn their phone off or do some of these things like sexting or texting and that kind of thing and so it’s not like we’re saying well every student’s classroom is going to lose their phone.Martha Ross, Peoria Public Schools Board Member
Ross says the bags could cost approximately 30 dollars each, but did not have an exact breakdown of how much it would cost to supply each school in the district with the appropriate number of bags.