Maryville R-II Approves Policy Allowing Personal Electronics

By Jonathan Cooper |

Published 01/22 2014 05:39PM

Updated 01/22 2014 09:46PM

(Maryville, Mo.) The Maryville R-II school board approved a policy that will allow students to use their own electronic devices at school.

Maryville High School has allowed students to use their cell phones and technology for the past few years. The policy adoption was more of a formality.

"I think we are in the minority at this point," Maryville High School Assistant Principal Tom Alvarez said. "I think there are only a few school districts who allow cell phone use throughout the day, but I think that number is growing yearly."

Students are allowed to use cell phones during passing periods and at lunch, but are not allowed to during class.

In the classroom, students can only use personal computers, tablets and cell phones for educational purposes and for taking notes.

"We have already had in place an acceptable use agreement that all of our students sign off on every year which basically outlines the rules and regulations that we want our students to abide by when interacting with technology," Assistant Superintendent Steve Klotz said.

The administrators said these new technologies are just part of a changing way to learn.

"A lot of phones have the ability to be used as clickers where they can give automatic responses so (teachers) use that for automatic responses and assessments," Alvarez said.

The policy comes from a report from the Missouri School Board's Association that said the technology can enrich the learning experience.

Maryville policy said that if students are caught texting during class they can lose their privileges.

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