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APB’s Controversial New Phone Policy

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Jaila Flores
Yondr pouches feature a magnetic locking mechanism to secure student devices.

At APB starting Semester 1 of the 2024-2025 school year, students will be required to put their electronics (phones, wireless earbuds, smartwatches, etc.) in pouches during school hours. 

Since the announcement, student have shared how they are upset about the new policy but teachers think it’s beneficial. Everyone has their own thoughts and opinions on the phone policy.

Students have already expressed that they do not like this because, as studies show, almost every student is addicted to their phones. The policy is not only used to make students focus in class, but it is also used to make everyone socialize.

Mr. Snyder, a senior government teacher at APB has been using phone pouches for sometime now to stop students from using them during class. 

“I think we’re all addicted to our phones, teachers included and it’s hard to be pulled away from something we’re deeply connected to” said Mr. Snyder. “The new phone policy is not used as a punishment but it is used to improve students’ education and focus.”

 Mr. Veek, an 11th grade math teacher, stated how, “It’s a good idea and I’m glad they’re doing it, well, we have to see but I think it will be a big focus for some students, I noticed some students who are on their phones for big parts of the lesson.”

We spoke to Mr. Reed to clear the air and get his thoughts on the matter and answer some student questions about next year’s policies. 

Technology has changed in many ways, people have to enjoy the moment and it’s about reconnecting to each other and teachers, there’s nothing on your phone during the day

— Mr. Reed

“It has to do with socialization,” Reed stated. “Technology has changed in many ways, people have to enjoy the moment and it’s about reconnecting to each other and teachers, there’s nothing on your phone during the day.”

When asked about the specifics on the policy for next year, Reed explained how “Students will not be allowed to use their phone during lunch or on field trips.” 

When asked about teacher phone uses Reed added, “Only students will be required to put their phones in pouches, it’s important that the adults have their devices during emergencies; actual ones. Adults need access to their phones, but adults also shouldn’t be using their phones”. 

With the news of the new policy circulating throughout the school, some students began wondering “Why don’t they do what Snyder does?”

As Reed explains, it’s a big responsibility to be in charge of 20 phones or more. Anything can happen to the phones when they are in the front of the classroom. Mr. Reed says, “Even if every teacher did what Snyder did, the minute class is done people will want to check their phones and will prevent communication.”

This gives us somewhat of an idea of what the next school year might look like with the new policy. The lack of clarity on specific details makes it difficult to predict how it will affect students, teachers and the overall education environment. 

Do you Support APB's New Phone Policy?

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People might feel uncomfortable with their phones being in a pouch almost all day. The new policy is something every student needs to adjust to. It’s okay to have an addiction to your phone, almost every person does. It becomes an issue once you let it distract you from your education. 

Teachers have noticed students get distracted when phones are in students’ possession. The new phone policy will help students focus more in class, with less distractions.

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