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School OKs Plan to Allow Smart Phones

The Associated Press

School OKs Plan to Allow Smart PhonesWesterly Oks plan to allow smart phones in classrooms for use in teaching starting in fall

WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — The Westerly school committee has approved a plan to allow students from kindergarten through 12th grade to bring their smartphones to school and turn them on during certain times in classrooms for instructional purposes.

WJAR-TV reports the school committee unanimously approved the change in policy starting in September.

Currently, students must keep their phones off while in school.

Westerly Superintendent Roy Seitsinger Jr. says they are acknowledging that many students already own cellphones, and they're looking at ways to use the technology in a prudent and productive way. For example, he says there are apps that teachers can use to engage students in classroom activities.

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The school committee says it will review the policy after it's been in place for one year.


Information from: WJAR-TV,

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