Fulton County Schools to Severely Restrict Student Cell Phone Use in Next School Year – WSB-TV Channel 2

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — While cell phones and other electronic devices have become part of everyday life for most adults and children, in many cases they have become a distraction for some.

This week, Fulton County Schools announced updates to their Code of Conduct and their Student Handbook for the 2022-23 school year. Among the changes are several restrictions on the use of “personal communication devices” in their schools.

As the 2021-22 school year draws to a close, schools in Fulton County have decided that the upcoming school year will mean that students in their elementary schools will not be able to use any device during the school day. They don’t prevent students from carrying a cell phone, watch, tablet or computer, administrators just don’t want kids using them around school.

Middle and high school students will not be able to use their devices during instruction or class time unless a teacher asks them to do so for learning purposes.

The school district also added a rule stating that using an electronic device to record and distribute “illegal activity, egregious or dangerous occurrences” will be prohibited. They expressed concern that students are organizing or recording fights in schools with the aim of posting them on social media.

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As the 2021-22 school year draws to a close, schools in Fulton County have decided that the upcoming school year will mean that students in their elementary schools will not be able to use any device during the school day. They don’t prevent students from carrying a cell phone, watch, tablet or computer, administrators just don’t want kids using them around school.

Middle and high school students will not be able to use their devices during instruction or class time unless a teacher asks them to do so for learning purposes.

The school district also added a rule stating that using an electronic device to record and distribute “illegal activity, egregious or dangerous occurrences” will be prohibited. They expressed concern that students are organizing or recording fights in schools with the aim of posting them on social media.

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Deputy Superintendent Dr. Christopher Matthews explained the thought process behind the decisions. He said using electronic devices has become a major distraction for students.

Matthews said the district has received contributions from various groups to help update their code of conduct and the new personal communication device policy.

The first day of the 2022-23 school year for Fulton County is August 8.

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